BARHII works with local health departments to promote strategies to address the educational achievement gap. Educational programs are critical and crucial to positive health outcomes. Identified as one of the key social determinants of health that leads to economic and social inequalities, it is imperative that we address this issue.
The impact of education on health goes beyond what health behaviors are learned in the classroom. People with more education are more likely to live in safer neighborhoods where they have access to healthy foods, good schools, and green space for exercise.
First 5 California published a report on The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on California Students and a research brief summarizing the main findings.
The BARHII iREACH (impacting Regional Educational Attainment to Change Health) Initiative was developed by BARHII’s Internal Capacity Committee (ICC) with the purpose to move the current practice of our member health departments to more explicitly address the determinants of health equity by facilitating a learning community of local health department champions to promote strategies within current programming and spheres of influence to address the educational achievement gap.
The resources provided here are intended for use by staff from BARHII’s member health departments to support their efforts in addressing educational attainment in their communities through their program work.
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND HEALTH FACT SHEETS
A series of three fact sheets detailing the links of Educational Attainment and positive health outcomes. These fact sheets discuss the reasons students drop out of school, how education and health are related, and the roles public health can play in impacting education.
RAISING OF AMERICA
On March 20, 2015, BARHII hosted the Health Equity and Early Childhood Policies in California workshop in Oakland, CA. BARHII recognizes that the early childhood period is considered the most significant phase for healthy development in one’s lifespan. What happens to the child in the early years helps shape its future opportunities. Early child development strongly influences well-being, health outcomes, academic success, economic participation, and incarceration throughout life.
California Newsreel, the makers of Unnatural Causes, will soon be releasing a new documentary series focusing on early childhood development and equity: Raising of America (RofA). For more info please see: http://www.raisingofamerica.org
The workshop explored how we can take advantage of this strategic opportunity to align public health and early childhood development around health equity goals.
THE GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP ARE TO:
∗ Understand and establish alignment between public health/health equity and early childhood development practitioners
∗ Identify policy targets related to early childhood development and health equity that we can collectively work on
∗ Establish commitments to organize screenings of California Newsreel’s new Raising of America film series in order to catalyze support for key early childhood development policies at the local and state levels
Available for you to download are materials and resources for this meeting:
The March 20th BARHII Health Equity and Early Childhood Policies in California workshop was made possible with funding support from The California Endowment.