School Health Programs, Services & Initiatives
Schools play an important role in addressing health in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), schools are the second largest influence on children after families. Schools have direct contact with 95% of children ages 5-17, for about six hours a day and up to 13 years of their development.
Healthier kids are better learners
Poor school performance such as increased absences, poor grades and test scores, and the inability to pay attention to class can be related to:
- Health-related factors such as hunger, chronic illness, developmental delays, social and emotional issues, or physical and emotional abuse.
- Health-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, and physical inactivity.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health aims to work with schools in our county to address the health needs of students.
Children in Cuyahoga County are educated, equipped, and empowered to reach their full potential academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.
Prevent health inequities through the removal of health & psychosocial barriers.
Promote lifestyles and choices that improve health status and quality of life.
Provide opportunity for children to reach their full potential by improving health outcomes that support academic achievement in a safe and healthy environment.
Programs and Services
Alison Patrick, MPH, R.D., L.D.
(216) 201-2000 ext. 1513