From Theory to Practice: School Health Programming as a Public Health Framework for Vulnerable Urban Communities
Young Girl Smiling at School

Course Objective

  • Describe how local governments can leverage the health and education sectors to address the unmet health care needs of vulnerable populations within schools and their surrounding communities
  • Describe strategies that have been implemented to address health disparities, health inequities, and the social determinants of health
  • Describe the types of skills and training needed to ensure a competent public health workforce within urban schools and communities

Date: May 3, 2017

Dr. Caroline Volel, MD, MPH
Field Physician, City Medical Specialist 1, Assistant Professor
Office of School Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

In this webinar, Dr. Volel describes the historical and political context of school health practices and discusses the interrelated nature of education, other social determinants, and health. Coordinated approaches to school health, or programs that view education and social services as a comprehensive package, are more likely to produce successful students. The NYC Community Schools Initiative is a mayoral priority that aims to build 100+ community schools over the next several years. Community schools are institutions that provide academic instruction, social services, and a space for communities to assemble and address their needs and challenges. Dr. Volel describes the rollout of this initiative in the largest school district in the country, lessons-learned, and what must be achieved in order to create a successful community school

Region 2 Public Health Training Center