New APHA book highlights the importance of school-based health care for kids

Date: Oct 24 2011

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Washington, D.C. – With children and teenagers spending much of their time at school, it is no surprise that school-based health care centers are a vital resource and provide much needed support to many students. Yet the link between health care in the school environment and improved health outcomes is rarely explored in depth.

Providing insight from various disciplines and perspectives into the impact of school-based health care, the new book “School-Based Health Care: Advancing Educational Success and Public Health,” published by APHA Press, delivers a wealth of information. The book is co-edited by Terri Wright, MPH, and Jeanita Richardson, PhD, MEd.

Wright, who is director of APHA’s Center for School, Health and Education, explained the need for this type of retrospective reference work. “There has not been a book on school-based health care since the ‘90s,” said Wright. “This book brings what we’ve learned over the last two decades into print and makes it current so that we can build on it moving forward in an environment of health care reform and a school environment that has become much more challenging and complex for students.”

This book features the diverse viewpoints of more than 25 contributing authors. It is a valuable resource for public health professionals, public policymakers, educators and others who want to find ways to ensure that school-aged children and teens maintain their optimal level of health and feel their needs are being met within the school setting.

The importance and long-term potential impact of these centers is clear. Wright said, “They go beyond just providing health care and therefore they are really able to make a difference in the lives of kids, particularly in removing barriers to graduation.”

There will be a book-signing with the editors and some of the authors at the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Everything APHA section of the meeting Public Health Expo. The book will also be the topic of Annual Meeting Session 3117 on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m.

Ordering Information: School-Based Health Care: Advancing Educational Success and Public Health, First Edition, ISBN # 978-0-87553-006-2, 300 pages, $35 ($24.50 APHA member price) plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail APHA press or visit the APHA Bookstore.

Requests for a review copy should be sent by email to David Hartogs

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