Public Health and School Health Education: Aligning Forces for Change

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The interdependent relationship between health and education has long been documented by leading health and education scholars. Children who are not physically, mentally, socially, or emotionally healthy will not be ready to learn and thus hampered to achieve their full potential as productive members of society. Despite this evidence, the United States has yet to bridge the divide between the health and education systems. This perspective introduces three manuscripts in this Special School Health Education Collection on the future of school health education in the United States, and provides a context for the challenges and recommendations each article outlines to improve the quantity and quality of school health education for preK-12 youth. Although some of the challenges and recommendations are not novel, what is exciting is the opportunity to move the agenda forward given the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. Aligning the forces of public health and school health educators is essential to make school health education a societal imperative.

coordinated school health programs, school health, curriculum, career development/professional preparation, child/adolescent health, health literacy, continuing education, health education, quality assurance / quality improvement, social determinants of health, UNITED-STATES, MORTALITY, STUDENTS, CHILDREN, Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Birch, D. A., & Auld, M. E. (2019). Public Health and School Health Education: Aligning Forces for Change. In Health Promotion Practice (Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 818–823). SAGE Publications.