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.




School-Based Health Advances Equity


Thank you to the UMSL Neighborhood Leadership Fellows for creating this video to share the benefits and impact of school-based health programs as well as to advocate to overcome the challenges faced in securing sustainable funding for start-up and operations.

The video expands upon the identified need for school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the St. Louis region, which was prioritized as one model for improving health equity as part of the For the Sake of All report.