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Healthy Students, Promising Futures
State and Local Action Steps and Practices to Improve School-Based Health

Joint Letter from HHS and ED
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January 2016

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Table of Contents

High-Impact Opportunity #1

Help Eligible Students and Family Members Enroll in Health Insurance

Schools can help identify students who do not have insurance and provide assistance applying for coverage, as well as connect students' family members to health care coverage.

High-Impact Opportunity #2

Provide and Expand Reimbursable Health Services in Schools

Schools and LEAs may be eligible for reimbursement for Medicaid services delivered in schools to children enrolled in Medicaid.

High-Impact Opportunity #3

Provide or Expand Services That Support At-Risk Students, Including Through Medicaid-funded Case Management

Schools and health organizations should work together to provide wraparound services to students in order to remove barriers to learning that may be created by health conditions, exposure to violence or trauma, or instability or stress in the community or at home.

High-Impact Opportunity #4

Promote Healthy School Practices Through Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health Education

School learning environments should be designed to promote and reinforce health and well-being, including opportunities for, and access to, daily physical activity, high-quality, nutritious school food, and rigorous and effective nutrition and health education.

High-Impact Opportunity #5

Build Local Partnerships and Participate in Hospital Community Health Needs Assessments

The community health needs assessments (CHNAs) that nonprofit hospitals are required to undertake, include consultations with community members and public health experts, which can help launch productive partnerships between hospitals and schools. Schools and school districts can also partner with many other kinds of community-based organizations and institutions to enrich the health services available to students.

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