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APHA Approaches School Completion Deficits as a Public Health Issue

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APHA Approaches School Completion Deficits as a Public Health Issue

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APHA Approaches School Completion Deficits as a Public Health Issue

  1. 1. APHA Approaches School Completion Deficits as a Public Health Issue
  2. 2. APHA Approaches School Completion Deficits as a Public Health Issue Based in New York City, Dr. Philip Levy currently serves as president of PHL HP Consulting Group, a firm that advises organizations on implementing strategies to elevate the performance of their executives. In addition to several awards that attest to his expertise in organizational administration, Dr. Philip Levy has earned distinctions for his contributions to the enhanced well-being of others, such as the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award at the 2003 American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Forum. Along with the work of its Disability Section, APHA comprises several other sections that administer a multitude of programs to advance the goals of the public health profession in various domains.
  3. 3. APHA Approaches School Completion Deficits as a Public Health Issue One of APHA’s more recently initiated programs is the Center for School, Health, and Education, which was incorporated into APHA in 2010 as the new designation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded School-Based Health Care Policy Program. The center strives to promote and establish school-based health centers and to spread awareness about the challenges to student success posed by such issues as obesity, school violence, and a negative school climate. Beyond serving as a conventional school nurse’s office, health centers are proposed as a means of nourishing a school climate that is positive, as a place where students feel safe, and where obstructions to learning are diminished.
  4. 4. APHA Approaches School Completion Deficits as a Public Health Issue A key objective of the center is to frame school completion as a public health issue and to highlight accessibility to school-based health centers as a factor that can improve graduation rates. In order to help schools create an atmosphere conducive to academic success, health centers are equipped to deal with both mental and physical health challenges, such as depression and teen pregnancy care, as well as to address symptoms of a negative school environment like bullying and unhealthy cafeteria food.
  5. 5. APHA Approaches School Completion Deficits as a Public Health Issue In June 2013, the center introduced a school-based health center pilot program at Detroit’s Central Collegiate Academy and Durfee Elementary-Middle School. Both schools have chronically low graduation rates, and the pilot will be used to assess the feasibility of deploying health centers nationally to reduce the dropout rate.

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