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.