Why School-Based Health Programs Matter

Health and education can have a powerful impact when they intersect on behalf of children and adolescents. When health care providers and educators collaborate, students benefit.

School health services play a critical role in ensuring that children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable health care. By providing care for physical, behavioral, oral, and eye health and youth development services on school campuses, school-based health programs positively impact students’ health and learning. They address a wide variety of health needs, from asthma management to flu vaccination to teen pregnancy prevention. At the same time, school-based health care staff and other school health personnel can act as key partners in efforts to address chronic absenteeism and promote a positive school climate.

The school-based health care model improves access to quality health care for ALL children, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code. It augments achievement and success for youth throughout Missouri.