Better community investment in coordinated school health can help alleviate health disparities in the St. Louis region. Health Equity Works is currently working in two project areas regarding school health:
- Better adoption and implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model for healthy schools through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Together for Healthy & Successful Schools initiative.
- The collaborative implementation of sustainable school-based health centers in high-need schools, and the creation of statewide infrastructure to better support them.
A child who can’t see, can’t hear, can’t breathe, hasn’t slept, has been traumatized, or doesn’t know where they are going back home to at night simply does not have the opportunity to learn, unless we help them—none of us would. So before we get to reading, writing, and arithmetic, we have to get to these basic needs of so many of our children.
– Dr. Jason Purnell, director of Health Equity Works, Brown School