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A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent HealthJournal of School Health

Laws and policies are important tools that can be used to improve the health and safety of children and adolescents in schools. Education and public health leaders can use specific laws and policies to promote programs and strategies that foster an environment in which children and adolescents can thrive and learn.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention�s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and Public Health Law Program engaged legal scholars and researchers at the Centers for Law and the Public�s Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities to review the use of law as a tool for improving and protecting the health and safety of children, adolescents, and staff in public elementary and secondary schools. The culmination of the project is the report �A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent Health.� Using the Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) model as a framework, the report gives educators and public health professionals new access to information on laws and policies important to the health of children and adolescents in schools. It is intended to help practitioners and policymakers in public health and education at the federal, state, and local levels enhance their knowledge of relevant laws and policies.

The full report was published in the February 2008 issue of the the American School Health Association's Journal of School Health.  To access the full report, see "A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent Health."*

Suggested Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Law and the Public�s Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. A CDC review of school laws and policies concerning child and adolescent health. Journal of School Health. 2008;78(2):69�127.
 

See also the executive summary "A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent Health [pdf 285K]."*
 

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Page last reviewed: November 10, 2008
Page last modified: January 15, 2007
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health

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