"You cannot educate a child who is not healthy, and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated."
- Dr. Jocelyn Elders

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The Council on School Health (COSH) defines school health as an integration of wellness, safety, growth, learning, and development in the lives of school-aged children and adolescents within the context of their school, and with the coordinated alliance of the family and the medical home.


Welcome to the AAP Council on School Health!

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a long standing commitment to school health. We believe when students are healthy, they have more academic success and lifelong achievement. You have joined a group of pediatricians who are passionate in our support of school and of those who connect with schools and work to improve the health and lives of youth.

The Council on School Health is dedicated to maximizing the personal health, academic achievement and life-long success of children and adolescents. The COSH seeks to promote sound school health policies and practices that ensure the health and safety of school-aged children and adolescents through policy, education and advocacy.

Pediatricians and other child health professionals can work with schools in a variety of ways to support students and the staff who work with them. Your Executive Committee (COSH EC) has representation across the nation and with many expertise areas. We organize the school health educational program at the AAP National Convention and Exhibition (NCE) as well as create policy and advocacy across school health areas.

We look forward to engaging you in our collective work to improve the health of school aged children. Please be in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Breena Holmes, MD
Chair, AAP Council on School Health


Success Stories Call for Submissions Now Open – DEADLINE: July 31, 2015

Submissions are currently being accepted for the School Health Services Success Stories! This project is supported by the COSH, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), the American School Health Association (ASHA), and the School Based Health Alliance (SBHA). Stories can be submitted by school nurses, school physicians, school based health center providers, and other professionals who have implemented successful school health services. We especially encourage stories that include collaboration between schools, local health departments, community health providers and other community partners. Stories should feature services and programs that are innovative and/or implement evidence-based best practice methods.

There are only two requirements for submissions: 1) the lead person must be an active member of one or more of the four organizations and 2) the success story must have taken place within the last 5 years.

Stories must be submitted via the online submission form by July 31, 2015.

2014 "Must Read" Papers for School Health Physicians

Each year the Council on School Health and American School Health Association Physician Section compiles a list of the "must read" school health journal articles published the previous year.  Papers are voted on by reviewers from each of these groups and represent those articles that most significantly influenced their work in school health that year. View the 2014 "must read" papers here.