Health key to classroom success

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As featured in a USA Today op-ed, and reported yesterday in the Wall Street Journal*, a research study just released by Children’s Health Fund identifies widespread health issues that are impeding the school success of low-income New York City elementary and middle school students. I hope you will take a few moments to read the study and share this important report with others.

Undertaken in collaboration with New York City’s union of school principals and administrators (CSA), the Children’s Health Fund survey research found that many health problems – including asthma, mental health issues, impaired vision and hunger – are significant barriers to learning, especially in higher poverty rate schools.  In fact, 65 percent of those surveyed noted asthma as a major learning impediment.

In the report, Children’s Health Fund President and Co-Founder Dr. Irwin Redlener says, “ What we learned about New York City from this study is a barometer for kids in poverty across the country. Many of these health problems are readily preventable, treatable, or manageable, and we must do a better job of ensuring that all kids are healthy and ready to learn.”

Dr.  Redlener discussed this new study at the NBC Education Nation Summit in New York City. 

The new report from Children’s Health Fund is part of the Every Child a Chance campaign we launched in August.  Today in America, 1 in 5 children are living in poverty, and education is their ticket to a better future. Children’s Health Fund is working to bring health professionals, education leaders, and parents together to ensure that all kids can succeed in school and reach their potential.

Many thanks for supporting this study and all of our work. But as the study shows, our work is just beginning and we need to do even more.  And with your help, I know we can.

Karen Redlener, MS
, Executive Director, Children's Health Fund


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