Youth spend more hours in school than in any other setting, for up to 13 critical years of their social, psychological, physical, and intellectual development. Schools play an important role in promoting the health and safety youth by helping them to establish lifelong health patterns. When school health policies and practices are put in place, healthy students can grow to be healthy and successful adults.
What Lurie Children’s is doing to address it
Lurie Children’s works in close partnership with Chicago Public Schools and other school districts across the State to support student health and well-being. Given the interconnectedness of health and education, these partnerships are essential to our mission.
Examples of Lurie Children’s engagement in schools include:
Mobile Health Program, to help provide primary care and immunizations to keep students healthy and in compliance with medical requirements.
Mental and behavioral health support through our Center for Childhood Resilience, which provides schools trauma trainings, school-based group interventions, and support for multidisciplinary Behavioral Health Teams.