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Healthy Schools Campaign, 2023
This handout expands upon and consolidates information from the 2021 "RESTART & RECOVERY: Leveraging Federal COVID Relief Funding & Medicaid to Support Student & Staff Wellbeing & Connection" resource. It includes guidance about how states can utilize federal relief funding to expand school Medicaid to support student…
Descriptors: Schools, COVID-19, Pandemics, Federal Aid
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2023
In May 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new guidance on school Medicaid that is a clear victory for school health and student health. It affirms that states have flexibility in their school-based Medicaid program to allow school districts to bill Medicaid for health services delivered to all Medicaid-enrolled…
Descriptors: Health Insurance, Public Policy, Federal Aid, School Districts
Mays, Alex; O'Rourke, Lena – Healthy Schools Campaign, 2022
"A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services" provides background on school-based Medicaid and outlines various opportunities to advance state policy changes required to access federal funds. In December 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services clarified Medicaid reimbursement in school-based settings, opening…
Descriptors: School Health Services, Federal Programs, State Federal Aid, Eligibility
Weisz, Sarah, Ed. – Healthy Schools Campaign, 2022
Taking action to address health-related chronic absenteeism can have a powerful impact on students' academic success and build the foundation for healthy, successful lives. This document focuses on providing educators, particularly school district decision-makers, with knowledge and practical guidance for creating meaningful change to address…
Descriptors: Attendance, Diseases, Dental Health, Behavior
Mays, Alex; Counts, Nathaniel; Martinez, Amanda K.; Taylor, Kimá Joy; Bravo, Noel; Sebian, Joyce – Healthy Schools Campaign, 2022
"State Policy Opportunities: Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems to Support Students" aims to help state leaders understand their role, as well as the urgency, in addressing student mental health needs. The specific recommendations, and the numerous state examples and resources provided, identify policy opportunities for…
Descriptors: Mental Health Programs, Mental Health, Student Needs, State Policy
Mays, Alex; O'Rourke, Lena – Healthy Schools Campaign, 2021
When the novel coronavirus forced school buildings to close, causing a massive disruption in the delivery of these services, it exposed the extent to which schools function as an essential component of a comprehensive health system, particularly for children in low-income communities. In response to the closures, state and federal decision-makers…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Access to Health Care, School Closing
Mays, Alex; O'Rourke, Lena – Healthy Schools Campaign, 2020
Research shows that access to school health services improves health and academic outcomes, particularly for students with chronic health issues. Finding sustainable funding has been an ongoing struggle. This policy brief presents opportunities to expand access to--and resources for--school health services using available Medicaid funds. In…
Descriptors: Child Health, School Health Services, Federal Programs, Access to Health Care
Yager, Kate; Davis, Rochelle – Healthy Schools Campaign, 2020
Illinois has an important opportunity to dramatically expand comprehensive school-based health services for the state's most vulnerable children by making a simple change to its Medicaid policy. In 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter to state Medicaid directors clarifying which health services could be…
Descriptors: School Health Services, Child Health, Federal Programs, State Federal Aid
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2020
The next President of the United States has an enormous responsibility--and opportunity--to provide an equitable foundation for a new generation of learners. The magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the importance of schools as community anchors that children and families rely on for much more than an education. This document…
Descriptors: Child Health, Government Role, Federal Government, Health Promotion
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2019
Chronic absence, defined most commonly as missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason (including excused and unexcused absences and suspensions), is a cross-cutting metric that is both a warning sign and predictor of education and health outcomes. California has recognized the power of chronic absence as a tool for better understanding…
Descriptors: Attendance, School Districts, Funding Formulas, Academic Achievement
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2019
The link between health and learning is clear: healthy, active and well-nourished children are more likely to attend school, be ready to learn and stay engaged in class. Yet far too many students--particularly low income students and students of color--spend their days in buildings with unhealthy air, have limited opportunities for physical…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Health Promotion, Wellness
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2019
For Chicago to be a strong and vibrant city, it needs to invest in communities, families, and children. Access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to be healthy is key for all children to realize their full potential and contribute to a vibrant city. Studies have consistently documented the powerful connection between health and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Child Health, Access to Health Care
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2018
The Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) has worked at the intersection of education and health for the last 15 years, supporting schools, districts, states and national stakeholders as they work to create healthy schools where children can learn and thrive. In the fall of 2017 the Healthy Schools Campaign engaged RESOLVE, a D.C.-based nonprofit…
Descriptors: Data Use, Public Health, Accountability, Barriers
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2018
The link between health and learning is clear: healthy, active and well-nourished children are more likely to attend school, arrive ready to learn and stay engaged in class. Yet far too many students spend their days in schools that do not offer them adequate clean air and water, nutritious food, physical activity and the support of a school…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Needs Assessment
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2018
Schools are the ideal setting for combining state health and education goals for all children. Children and adolescents spend more time in schools than in any other environment outside of their homes. They also form foundational health habits during their school years. By emphasizing school health and wellness, state leadership can support both…
Descriptors: Child Health, Educational Policy, School Health Services, Educational Environment
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