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Volume 8: No. 2, March 2011

Addressing the Needs of the Whole Child: What Public Health Can Do to Answer the Education Sector’s Call for a Stronger Partnership

The logic model is a diagram of text boxes with arrows between them, leading the reader from left to right.

The logic model begins with a box entitled “Factors Affecting Health and Learning in Children and Youth.” Those factors are poverty, limited education levels of parents, single-parent homes, lack of access to health care, inadequate community infrastructure, underdeveloped parenting practices, and adoption of health risk behaviors. These factors lead to the development of guidelines and interventions by the health sector and the education sector. These guidelines and interventions lead to the development of “The Learning Compact,” which includes the following 5 components:

1. Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.

2. Each student learns in an intellectually challenging environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.

3. Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and the broader community.

4. Each student has access to personalized learning and to qualified and caring adults.

5. Each graduate is prepared for success in college or further study and for employment in a global environment.

The Learning Compact, as proposed, should lead to outcomes in the health and education of the nation’s students. The outcomes of the compact are 1) healthier students  ready to learn and adopt healthy behaviors; 2) achieving students at every level; 3) increased high school graduation of students with 21st-century skills; 4) an increase in the number of productive, healthy, and literate adults; and 5) a reduction in the number of adults (and children) experiencing health disparities.

Figure 1. The Learning Compact for Children can link the health sector and the education sector in a collaborative effort that addresses the social determinants of health and promotes better learning and health outcomes for children and the adults that they will become.

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