Making Sure Kids are Healthy Enough to Learn: Innovations in Education Law and Policy





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Published on Oct 2, 2019

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Researchers have long recognized a consistent and significant association between formal educational attainment and individual health outcomes. More highly educated individuals are healthier and tend to live longer; they also have less risk of smoking, drug abuse, accidents, and chronic diseases. Recent research suggests that that education is not merely a proxy for social economic status, but rather stands as a social determinant of health in its own right—not only because education affords greater earning opportunity, but also because the cognitive effects of learning critical reasoning affects health behaviors and decisions across the lifespan. Despite federal laws that guarantee all children a free appropriate public education, major inequities exist. Join us for a discussion of critical issues in public education affecting child and adolescent health, including access to school nursing services; restorative justice and school discipline reform; and laws that ensure that children don’t go hungry at school.

By attending this webinar, you will:
- Understand education as a social determinant of health and the importance of making sure kids are healthy enough—physically and emotionally—to learn;
- Learn about the importance of access to school nursing services for child and adolescent health outcomes, particularly in underserved communities, and legal strategies for improving access;
- Gain an understanding of restorative justice and school discipline reform as a strategy for health equity;
- Learn about laws designed to combat childhood food insecurity by addressing the “school breakfast gap.”

- Kerri Lowrey, JD, MPH, Deputy Director and Director for Grants & Research, Network for Public Health Law - Eastern Region

- Erin Maughan, PhD, MS, RN, PHNA-BC, FNASN, FAAN, Director of Research, National Association of School Nurses
- Thalia González, JD, Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and Anderson Center of Public Policy at Occidental College
- Mathew Swinburne, JD, Associate Director, Network for Public Health Law - Eastern Region


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