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Families USA Infographic on African American Health Disparities
This infographic created by Families USA shows some of the more prevalent health disparities that afflict African Americans in the United States (compared to non-Hispanic whites). Racial and ethnic health disparities undermine our communities and our health care system. Communities of color are more likely to suffer from certain health conditions, and they are more likely to get sicker, have serious complications, and even die from these conditions.
Racial Discrimination in Teen Years Could Mean Health Problems Later
Research published Monday in the journal Child Development, is the first of its type to track the effects of perceived racial discrimination and health in youth. Findings show that adolescents who experienced frequent racial discrimination without emotional support from parents and peers had higher levels of blood pressure, a higher body mass index, and higher levels of stress-related hormones at age 20, placing them at greater risk for chronic disease as they get older. Researchers wanted to look at the relationship between racial discrimination and what scientists call allostatic load, basically the “wear and tear” on the body over time caused by frequent and repeated stressors. Frequent activation of the body’s stress response causes a cascade of problems including high blood pressure, cardiac disease, stroke and increases in the body’s inflammatory response. The researchers also wanted to determine whether parental and peer support would help mediate that stress, leading to potentially better health outcomes.
The Center’s Director Participates in CDC Expert Panel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health, convened an Expert Panel on Expanding Adolescent Access to Sexual Health Services within Varying School Healthcare Infrastructures. In early August, the fourteen member panel representing school health services at the state and local levels (SEAs and LEAs), and school nursing and school-based health care at the national and local levels met at the CDC offices in Atlanta. The Center’s Director, Terri Wright, was among the school health services representatives on the panel offering a public health perspective to the discussion. The discussion addressed the realm of sexual health services (SHS) for adolescents; identified strategies and barriers that impact delivery of SHS for adolescents; described approaches the SEA and LEA partners can use to increase adolescent students’ access to SHS; and identified tools and resources that school staff need to facilitate successful efforts to increase adolescents’ access to SHS. CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health will prepare a report of the expert panels’ ideas, strategies, and tools/resources for dissemination by the end of the year.
Two Detroit Schools Are Taking Part in a National Pilot Project That Explores a Link Between Improved Student Health and Academic Progress
On Thursday, June 6, 2013, the Center for School, Health and Education at the American Public Health Association joined with St. John Providence Health System to launch a national pilot project aimed towards increasing high school graduation rates. The pilot project explores a link between improved student health and academic progress. Two Detroit schools are taking part in the pilot program. View news coverage here.
School-Based Health Centers Emerge as Resources for Dropout Prevention
In the May/June issue of The Nation’s Health, the work of a Durango, Colorado school-based health center (SBHC) is featured as part of an emerging movement to position SBHCs as primary resources for dropout prevention, academic improvement and high school graduation, all key determinants of lifetime health. Access the full article here.
Last week, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Center for School, Health and Education (CSHE) announced a partnership with America’s Promise Alliance to help reduce the nation’s high school dropout rate and ensure that America’s children and youth have the resources they need to lead healthy, successful lives. As an active partner, CSHE will support the work of the Grad Nation campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end the dropout crisis. “We know that the societal and health disparities that impact many of our nation’s youth — from unmet physical and mental health needs to teen pregnancy and the impact of repeated exposure to community violence — also impedes their ability to succeed academically and graduate from school. If we do not stop dropout now, we guarantee poor adult health outcomes, joblessness and a strain to our safety net system later,” said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, in announcing the collaboration. For more information, please see the complete press release.
Terri Wright, the Director of the Center for School, Health and Education, is a new contributor to GlobalPolicy.TV, a web-based public affairs platform that explores important issues related to public policy, politics, and popular culture. GlobalPolicy.TV’s mission is to introduce commentary on a wide-range of issues from a diverse group of people and perspectives. Ms. Wright’s monthly commentary will cover the expanded role for school-based health centers, dropout prevention and our other key issues in relation to current policy debates.Read more at GlobalPolicy.TV’s website, www.globalpolicy.tv. Pre-teen Literacy a Strong Predictor of Pregnancy in US Teens
his report, which was released at the APHA annual meeting, builds on previous knowledge about the link between teen pregnancy and social inequities internationally and suggests that, independent of other factors, low literacy in pre-teen girls strongly predicts childbearing among US teens.School-Based Health May Cut Pregnancies
A new study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health found that school health services are associated with fewer pregnancies among students, but only when the availability of doctor and nursing time exceeds 10 hours per 100 students per week.New APHA Book Highlights the Importance of School-based Health Care for Kids
Co-edited by Terri Wright, the new book “School-Based Health Care: Advancing Educational Success and Public Health”, captures the most current knowledge and evidence on school-based health care’s impacts, with contributors from a wide array of disciplines.
Wake Students Advocate for School-Based Health Center
Citing the link between health and academic success, a group of high school students in North Carolina band together to advocate for a school-based health center in their county.
High Demand for School Meals is a Sobering Sign of Hard Economic Times
A recent increase in the number of students eating subsidized school meals shows an increased dependence on social programs, and the promise for these and other school-based services for supporting youth.
Keeping Kids in School Through School-Based Health Centers: Recommended Reading
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s blog, New Public Health, highlights the Center’s new website for its readers.
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- School Dropout Rates Add to Fiscal Burden – NPR presents a four part series on the social and economic impacts of not completing high school.
- National Graduation Rates Likely to Dip as States Switch to More Accurate Calculation Formula – States will standardize the way graduation rates are calculated, and districts may see graduation rates drop by as much as 20 percentage points.
- The State of School-based Health Care – Kaiser Health Network’s “Insuring Your Health” focuses on school-based health care as a promising option for students, who are increasingly depending on overburdened school nurses and doctors as their source of primary care.
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