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Achieving Health Equity through School-Based Care

Date: October 2021

School-based health care sits at the intersection of health and education and is a crucial vehicle for achieving health equity. Lack of health equity places millions of youth at risk for significant health disparities, keeping them from achieving their optimum life outcomes. We know that due to racism and other oppressive systemic societal structures, children from low-income and historically and presently excluded racial and ethnic populations in the U.S. often experience worse health, miss more school days, and are less likely to access health care. They are also more likely to have problems with vision, oral health, or hearing. Increasing access to comprehensive health services, where the youth are, improves educational and health outcomes in schools. The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends implementing and maintaining school-based health centers in low-income communities with more health disparities.

The School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures, invites you to participate in a discussion with a distinguished panel of experts concerning health equity from different viewpoints and strategies for improving it.


  • Pedro Noguera, PhD, Dean, Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • José Muñoz, Director, Coalition for Community Schools, Vice President for Equity and Impact, and interim Director, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC
  • April Joy Damian, PhD, MSc, CHPM, PMP, Vice President and Director of the Weitzman Institute, Middletown, CT
  • Gillian Barclay, DDS, MPH, DrPH, Vice President, Global Public Health and Scientific Affairs at Colgate Palmolive, New York, NY

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