Public Health Guidance for Schools

Public Health – Seattle & King County is taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community by making recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and reduce the number of people infected. We understand these actions will have a tremendous impact on the lives…

School-aged Children Who Are Not Progressing Academically: Considerations for Pediatricians

Cross posted from AAP News and Journal Introduction Pediatricians and other pediatric primary care providers may be the first to be consulted when families have concerns that their child is not making expected progress in school. Furthermore, pediatricians are confronted with an increasingly diverse population of children who may have behavioral, psychological, and learning difficulties.…

Odds of HPV Vaccine Completion Higher in Seattle SBHCs

Results from a study undertaken in Seattle school-based health centers (SBHCs) show that “adolescent SBHC users had higher odds of completing the HPV vaccine series than adolescents who received all doses in traditional health care settings.” Published recently in Public Health Reports, the study (undertaken by Public Health–Seattle & King County’s Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization…

Adolescent Connectedness to School and Family Has Lasting Effects

Crossposted from: CDC Adolescent and School Health Youth who feel engaged and supported at school and at home in adolescence are less likely to experience negative health outcomes in adulthood. CDC findings published today in Pediatrics suggest that youth who feel connected at home and at school were less likely to experience health risk behaviors…

King County Program Aims to Help Students’ Mental Health

Cross posted from Seattle Magazine More and more students are stressed, depressed and even suicidal. Can a new King County program make a difference? It’s a small but alarming statistic. Among kids ages 10–24, suicide is the second-leading cause of death in King County. “We used to have a kid that we needed to hospitalize…

How Medicaid and CHIP Can Support Student Success through Schools

Cross posted from: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Summary Recognizing that a healthy student is a better student, education and health officials have begun working closely in the past few years to integrate their efforts. Recent changes to federal education law, new grant programs and revised Medicaid rules have opened the door for further collaboration…