ERIC Number: EJ1076823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Building Sustainable Health and Education Partnerships: Stories from Local Communities
Blank, Martin J.
Journal of School Health, v85 n11 p810-816 Nov 2015
Background: Growing health disparities have a negative impact on young people's educational achievement. Community schools that involve deep relationships with partners across multiple domains address these disparities by providing opportunities and services that promote healthy development of young people, and enable them to graduate from high school ready for college, technical school, on-the-job training, career, and citizenship. Methods: Results from Milwaukie High School, North Clackamas, OR; Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA; and Cincinnati Community Learning Centers, Cincinnati, OH were based on a review of local site documents, web-based information, interviews, and e-mail communication with key local actors. Results: The schools and districts with strong health partnerships reflecting community schools strategy have shown improvements in attendance, academic performance, and increased access to mental, dental, vision, and health supports for their students. Conclusions: To build deep health-education partnerships and grow community schools, a working leadership and management infrastructure must be in place that uses quality data, focuses on results, and facilitates professional development across sectors. The leadership infrastructure of community school initiatives offers a prototype on which others can build. Moreover, as leaders build cross-sector relationships, a clear definition of what scaling up means is essential for subsequent long-term systemic change.
Descriptors: Sustainability, Partnerships in Education, Comprehensive School Health Education, Integrated Services, School Health Services, Community Schools, Effective Schools Research, Position Papers, Web Sites, Interviews, Content Analysis, Electronic Mail, Academic Achievement, Attendance, Access to Health Care, Access to Education, Health Promotion, Program Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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