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

2015 "Must Read" Papers for School Health Physicianssunburstnew
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 by reviewers from each of these groups and represent those articles that most significantly influenced their work in school health that year.

Special Resident Grant Opportunities!
CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) is proud to collaborate with the following councils and section:

  • Council on School Health (COSH): to sponsor two resident grants for projects that work with schools to promote mental health, to reduce absenteeism, or to address early literacy, vision and heaing, pregnancy prevention, asthma, physical activity, ADHD, school breakfast, and violence prevention or other issues to promote the health and learning of children living in poverty
  • Council on Community Pediatrics (COCP): to fund one resident grant in honor of Dr Ben Gitterman for his service as COCP chairperson. The funded project must address poverty and child health or environmental health
  • Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT): to sponsor two projects that address food security, access to health care, poverty, child toxic stress and early brain and child development, promoting social-emotional health among young children, early childhood literacy or child care. These topic areas align with SOMSRFT's 2014-2016 FACE Poverty Campaign.

How to Apply: See application guidelines for more information. Applications must be submitted by 2:00pm CDT, July 29, 2016. Only online submissions will be accepted.



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

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