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Center’s Projects

Current Projects:


Comprehensive Capacity Development for Integrating Primary Care and Public Health in Schools for Health and Educational Success

The Center for School, Health and Education is providing capacity building and technical assistance designed for school-based health care leaders and their school partners to increase health and graduation outcomes for at risk urban minority adolescents. These components comprise a program to integrate essential public health principles, strategies and policies in the clinic and throughout the school to address the most prevalent, educationally relevant health disparities facing students in a given school.

A Program to Improve Graduation by Integrating Public Health Prevention and Primary Care in Schools
The Center offers a public health capacity building program for school-based health center leaders. Activities for the next cohort will commence in early 2017.
Public Health Capacity Building Assistance (CBA)

With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, there is increasing attention to health care delivery systems that improve population health and advance equity through integrating primary care and public health. In response, CSHE has developed a professional development series to increase the capacity of national, state, and local SBHC leaders and their school partners to integrate comprehensive public health practices, services, and strategies in the school clinic and school-wide.

Funding for this learning series was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background Information
Project Profile


Public Health Capacity Building Technical Assistance (TA)

Public Health Capacity Building Technical Assistance is available for participants who have completed the CBA learning series described above. TA will provide intensive technical support beyond the initial professional development provided through the CBA program described above. Both aim to improve school-wide health and educational outcomes. As SBHCs demonstrate their capacities for expanding primary care to include public health strategies and practices school-wide, they become increasingly well-positioned to play a leadership role in advancing population health, equity and educational success for all children and youth. TA is made possible by funding from the Kresge Foundation.


Managing Chronic Stress in Urban Minority Youth (CS)

Managing Chronic Stress in Urban Minority Youth is a key component of the Center for School, Health and Education’s programmatic portfolio. Funded by the Aetna Foundation, its broad objectives are to build capacity for 1) understanding and assessing the gender-specific social and environmental factors that generate chronic stress in urban minority, 2) analysis of this information in the context of adolescent brain development, and its influence on adolescent behaviors and school dropout, and 3) development of youth and gender-specific best practices to address and manage the impact of stress. An overview of this component is included in CBA and TA incorporates the full 4 hour professional development curriculum.


Integrating Public Health and Primary Care to Promote Population Health and Health Equity


Past Projects:

Pilot Program

In March of 2013, the CSHE launched a 16-month pilot project in a high school in Detroit and a middle school located on the same campus to implement a new model that expands the role of school-based health centers (SBHCs) to prevent school dropout. In this expanded role, SBHCs are charged to go beyond providing clinical services to individual students to include public health prevention strategies that reduce social barriers to educational success and increase the health and well-being of all students school-wide so that they graduate.

The two schools were selected for the pilot program because they had historically low graduation rates, share a school-based health center, conduct school-wide assessments and have the support of school administrators.

This program explored the feasibility of bringing the model to scale nationally. Funding for this project was made possible by the Kresge Foundation. For background information on the launch or to view media coverage, follow the links below.

Background Information
Media Coverage

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