Forum Session

Implementing School Health Programs for Better Child Health and Academic Success
March 9, 2007


Christopher W. Loftis, PhD


This Forum session provided an overview of health programs commonly found in schools and school systems. A continuum of models for delivering and financing school health services was described, ranging from core school nursing services to more comprehensive primary care services provided in school-based health centers. A panel discussion with health providers, school administrators, and senior policy experts compared and contrasted models, described challenges to delivering and financing quality health services in schools, and explored the role of school health programs in improving academic performance and building a healthy, educated workforce for the future. The panel included perspectives from a school nurse, physician, and school board member, each with more than 20 years of experience operating school health programs.


Julia Graham Lear, PhD, Director, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, School of Public Health and Health Services, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University; Debbie Brinson, Executive Director, School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan, Trustee, Eaton Rapids Public Schools Board of Education; Susan I. S. Will, President, National Association of School Nurses, School Nurse, Saint Paul Public Schools; Veda C. Johnson, MD, Medical Director, Whitefoord Elementary School Clinic, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

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