Issue Areas

Schools and Early Childhood

Schools systems have the power to improve the health of the communities they serve. In addition to playing a critical role in improving access to mental and physical health services, schools can connect families to other critical community supports.

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Access to mental and physical health services is especially important for low-income and underserved children and families that face systemic barriers to resources and services.

Schools are arguably one the most effective places to address population health, including the physical and mental health needs of students, teachers, and school staff. Health and education professionals can collaboratively and sustainably build healthy schools.