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School-Friendly Health Systems: Core Principles and Practices to Guide Health Systems to Help Children Reach Their Full Potential

Year: 2023

Education is a critical social determinant of health, and addressing health needs is essential to effective educational outcomes. Studies repeatedly demonstrate this critical linkage. Children with poor health tend to have higher school absenteeism rates and lower academic achievement and are at risk for learning setbacks that interfere with their school experience. Conversely, education can create opportunities for better health—adults with more education tend to have better jobs, live in healthier neighborhoods and have better access to resources that contribute to better health. It’s clear that supporting education is a health intervention.