253985 Ecology of a Safety Net for Children and Youth: Applying the public health ecological model to school dropouts

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:00 AM

Jeanita W. Richardson, PhD , Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia, Richmond, VA
An ecological approach to child and youth health safety net interventions presumes certain things: the most relevant is that personal attributes and motivation, relationships, community assets and challenges, as well as broad social policies and practices take place concurrently and exert their influence on health and educational attainment. Disturbing national school dropout rates provide one dilemma that the presenter thinks is best mitigated using an ecological approach because the decision to dropout does not occur in isolation of the comprehensive life experiences of youth. This presentation focuses on the work of SBHCs as critical to stemming the tide of and preventing dropping out because their strategies are ecological in nature and inclusive of families, schools, social systems, programs, and communities.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the ecological model and its application to the national dropout epidemic Explain how SBHCs are well positioned to support dropout prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have conducted extensive research on the links between education and health policies and have been involved in the creation and work of the Center for School, Health and Education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.