Study of schools' roles in resolving health and social issues confronting youth

This grant helped support a one-year policy study by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) on the role and responsibility of the public schools in engaging and resolving the burden of health and related social issues confronting today's children and youth. This is a question of considerable relevance to the goals and related program strategies of the Foundation. In substance abuse, the schools are being looked at as a key venue for primary prevention. In access, school-based clinics are being advanced as safety net providers. In the area of chronic illness, the schools could become signal partners in the clinical management of mental illness and such other conditions as asthma. Finally, in future programming in health--for example, improving fitness--the schools also offer the Foundation opportunities for significant alliances. The roles and responsibilities of the schools in confronting the health and health care needs of the nation's children and youth are not well defined, however. In particular, the "back to basics" case for school reform effectively denies an affirmative place for these institutions in any purpose other than academic education. This study by NASBE will examine the health and related burdens affecting the nation's public school students and their ability to learn. Moreover, it will recommend school policies and practices to deal with these problems. The project will be conducted by a study group with the assistance of an expert advisory committee.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $5,000.00

Awarded on: 2/11/1999

Time frame: 3/1/1999 - 12/31/1999

Grant Number: 36195


National Association of State Boards of Education

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Arlington, 22202-3736


Carlos A. Vegas-Matos
Project Director