New NACDD Case Studies Featuring State Health Department Leadership in Addressing Chronic Conditions in Schools
Schools across the nation educate millions of students with chronic health conditions and play a pivotal role in promoting life-long healthy behaviors from an early age, reducing health risks, and responding to treatment and care needs for children with chronic health conditions. NACDD has released a new resource “State Health Department Leadership in Addressing Chronic Conditions in Schools: Case Studies from Massachusetts and Missouri” that highlights how state health departments in partnership with schools and other stakeholders can lead the way in the management of students with chronic health conditions to improve health and education outcomes. These two case studies feature the work and accomplishments of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (MDHSS) in addressing chronic health conditions in the school environment, including strides towards better identification and tracking of students with chronic disease and conditions and improved daily or emergency management. They also integrate the responsibilities that MDPH and MDHSS undertake to support schools with chronic disease management overall and provide an example of a local school district success story.