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Achieving Health Equity Through School-Based Care
School-based health care sits at the intersection of health and education and is a crucial vehicle for achieving health equity. Lack of health equity places millions of youth at risk for significant health disparities, keeping them from achieving their optimum life outcomes. We know that due to racism and other oppressive systemic societal structures, children from low-income and historically and presently excluded racial and ethnic populations in the U.S. often experience worse health, miss more school days, and are less likely to access health care. They are also more likely to have problems with vision, oral health, or hearing. Increasing access to comprehensive health services, where the youth are, improves educational and health outcomes in schools. The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends implementing and maintaining school-based health centers in low-income communities with more health disparities.

The School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with the Colgate Foundation, invites you to participate in a discussion with a distinguished panel of experts concerning health equity from different viewpoints and strategies for improving it.

Oct 26, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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José Muñoz
José Muñoz currently serves as the interim director for the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), and since 2017 as the director of the Coalition for Community Schools. He has advanced the movement by calling for 25,000 Community Schools as an equity strategy influencing significant growth for community schools nationally. Before coming to IEL, José has over 25 years of real experiences in real communities building ecosystems of collaboration for the well-being and prosperity of youth at the intersections of out of school time, juvenile justice reform and education across the United States. José is married to Leslie Muñoz, who together nurture a blended family of two sons and three daughters. In their free time, the Muñozes like to serve their community through their church and community groups.
Pedro Noguera, PhD
Pedro Noguera, PhD is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the Rossier School of Education and a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, Noguera served as a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of 15 books. His most recent books are A Search for Common Ground: Conversations About the Toughest Questions in K-12 Education (Teachers College Press) with Rick Hess and City Schools and the American Dream: Still Pursuing the Dream (Teachers College Press) with Esa Syeed.
April Joy Damian, PhD, MSc, CHPM, PMP
Dr. April Joy Damian, PhD, MSc, CHPM, PMP is an epidemiologist, health services researcher, and classically trained public health professional with expertise in health equity, social determinants of health, psychiatric epidemiology, and mixed methods. She currently serves as the Vice President and Director of the Weitzman Institute.
Gillian Barclay, DDS, MPH, DrPH
Gillian Barclay, DDS, MPH, DrPH is currently Vice President, Global Public Health and Scientific Affairs at Colgate Palmolive, and prior to this, was at the Office of Economic Development for the state of Nevada, with direct responsibility for the state’s economic diversification and growth through health sector investments. Gillian has held executive roles in philanthropy including the position of vice president of the Aetna Foundation, where she led the foundation’s strategic planning and programs in the US and abroad. She conceptualized and led programs and initiatives for health leadership, community wellbeing, and racial equity, including the first portfolio of philanthropic funding to develop digital technology innovations through the lens of health equity.