Launch of Healthy Students, Promising Futures

Dear Members of the National Collaborative on Education and Health,

We are excited to announce that on Friday the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new, joint effort: Healthy Students, Promising Futures. This effort emphasizes the critical connection between student health and learning and the need for greater collaboration between the health and education sectors to ensure students thrive.

Healthy Students, Promising Futures is reflective of the National Collaborative on Education and Health’s mission and vision and we commend ED and HHS for the launch of this exciting effort. We had the opportunity to highlight the work of the National Collaborative on Education and Health on the stakeholder engagement call announcing the launch of this initiative and were joined by Acting Secretary of Education John King, Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

The launch of Healthy Students, Promising Futures was marked by the release of a joint letter  and

from Acting Secretary King and Secretary Burwell to Chief State School Officers and State Health Officials highlighting the importance of school health and identifying high impact opportunities for the health and education sectors to collaborate. These high impact opportunities include:

  • Helping eligible students and family members enroll in Medicaid, CHIP or the Marketplace.
  • Providing and expanding access to reimbursable health services in schools.
  • Providing or expanding access to wraparound services that support at-risk students by connecting them to social services including through Medicaid-funded case management.
  • Promoting healthy school practices and environments through improved nutrition, physical activity and health education.
  • Building local partnerships by collaborating with a school-based health center or a hospital community benefit program.

The associated

includes many resources that education and health can use to leverage these opportunities.

The discussions and recommendations of the National Collaborative on Education and Health played an important role in informing the development and launch of Healthy Students, Promising Futures. We thank you for your participation and support of this work. We also expect the National Collaborative on Education and Health to play a key role in supporting the implementation of the vision set forth in this letter and look forward to our continued work together.

Thank you again for your continued efforts and your commitment to this work.

With appreciation,

Rochelle Davis
President + CEO
Healthy Schools Campaign
175 N Franklin Suite 300
Chicago, Il 60606
312-419-1810

Rich Hamburg
Interim President and CEO
Trust for America’s Health
1730 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-223-9870