CDC Releases New Report on the Status of School Health Policies and Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released the School Health Profiles report, featuring the latest data and trends on school health policies and practices across the country. The report summarizes information collected through biennial surveys completed by school leaders from most states and many large urban school districts in the United States. Data summaries include information about the status of school health education requirements, school-based health services, family and community engagement, school health coordination, and more.

The information and data provided from this report can be especially useful for school health leaders, policymakers and other decision makers to identify gaps that may negatively impact students’ health and academic success, as well as to guide the development of practices that may improve student health outcomes.

Find more information and read the full report here


Toxic Stress from Early Childhood Adversity

Chronic stress in early childhood not only impacts behavior and the ability to learn in the short-term, but may also contribute to life-long health problems. In this interview by Child Trends, Dr. Jack Shonkoff explains the research that support these findings. Learn more. 

10 Simple Steps for Reducing Toxic Stress in the Classroom

Exposure to adverse child experiences can lead to abnormal levels of stress, which increases risk of serious illnesses. Find practical, low-cost strategies for creating a positive and supportive environment within schools and classrooms. Learn more.

Behavioral Treatment for Kids with Anxiety

Untreated anxiety in children tends to get worse over time. While medication is often prescribed for children with anxiety, extensive research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy may actually be the most effective treatment for reducing symptoms of severe anxiety. Learn more.

Center Resources

Stories From the Field: Harrisonburg City Public Schools (Case Study Video)
Partner Build Grow: An Action Guide for Sustaining Child Development and Prevention Approaches
The Impact of School-Connected Behavioral and Emotional Health Interventions on Student Academic Performance

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Grant Alerts

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative | SAMHSA

Purpose of program is to increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services systems in communities for children and adolescents. Learn more.

Deadline: December 23, 2019

Youth Creating Change Mini-Grants | Community Collaborative for Child Health

Grants aim to foster youth-led initiatives that promote positive health outcomes through civic engagement and leadership. Learn more.

Deadline: January 6, 2020

Innovative Reading Grant | American Association of School Librarians

Supports the planning and implementation of unique programs for children which motivate and encourage reading Learn more.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Environmental Literacy Grants | Department of Commerce

Build environmental literacy of K-12 students to support environmental health and resiliency of communities.  Learn more.

Deadline: March 26, 2020

Please note: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.


Job Opportunities

Middle School Social Worker | Red Hook Initiative (Brooklyn, NY)

Support mental health access and shape delivery of counseling and services. Learn more.

Safe and Supportive Schools Manager | Texas Education Agency (Austin, NY)

Facilitate school safety programs/policies for school safety, including mental health, student discipline, data collection/analysis, etc. Learn more.

Bilingual Youth Engagement Specialist | Youth Villages (Lawrence, MA)

Support youth community engagement and their development of self-care, social and community living skills. Learn more.

Content Manager, Social Emotional Health | Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Los Angeles, CA)

Design and deliver resources to schools to improve the social and emotional health of students and staff. Learn more.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

December 13, 2019 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST

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