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Healthy students = strong learners

February 5, 2020

This documentary, developed by Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Midwest with WVIZ/PBS ideastream, highlights efforts across Ohio to improve the health and academic outcomes of students in public schools through expanding access to health care.

In the documentary, experts Matthew Linick, PhD (REL Midwest), Rebecca Sustersic Carroll (Health Policy Institute of Ohio), Mary Kay Irwin (Nationwide Children’s Hospital), and Anna Miller (Ohio Department of Education) discuss research on effective and evidence-based school-based health care (SBHC) practices and policy considerations important to making an effective SBHC system work.

The program also features the stories of districts that are implementing SBHC models throughout Ohio and interviews with school district and health care professionals, including the MetroHealth mobile clinic and dental clinics at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital program operating in Columbus, the Holzer Family Medical Clinic at the Alexander Local School District in Albany, and the Primary Health Solutions clinic at the Hamilton City School District.

The documentary focuses on examples from Ohio, but the information and evidence shared in the program offer important learnings for people and groups based outside the state.

For more information and discussion questions, download the documentary viewing guide [441 KB PDF icon ].