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.

"Must Read" Papers Archive

2015 "MUST READ" Papers

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  • Intentions to smoke cigarettes among never-smoking US middle and high school electronic cigarette users: National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011-2013.
  • High School principals' resources, knowledge, and practices regarding the returning student with concussion.
  • A school health center intervention for abusive adolescent relationships: a cluster RCT.
  • Transition Planning for the College Bound Adolescent with a Mental Health Disorder.
  • Supporting children with disabilities at school: implications for the advocate role in professional practice and education.
  • School-Based Health Centers as Medical Homes: Parents' and Adolescents' Perspectives.
  • Strategies for integrating mental health into schools via multi-tiered system of support.
  • Critical connections: health and academics.
  • Socioeconomic Differences in the Association Between Competitive Food Laws and the School Food Environment.
  • Effectiveness of health education teachers and school nurses teaching sexually transmitted infections/human immunodeficiency viruses prevention knowledge and skills in high school.


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  • Effect of High Performing Schools and School Climate on Students’ Health Successful schools and risky behaviors among low-income adolescents.
  • Protective school climates and reduced risk for suicide ideation in sexual minority youths.
  • Effects of full-day kindergarten on the long-term health prospects of children in low-income and racial/ethnic-minority populations: a community guide systematic review
  • Physical and Sex Education, Neurofeedback for ADHD, and Exemptions from School Immunizations: How can schools help youth increase physical activity? An economic analysis comparing school-based programs.
  • Protective effects of middle school comprehensive sex education with family involvement.
  • In-school neurofeedback training for ADHD: sustained improvements from a randomized control trial.
  • Nonmedical exemptions from school immunization requirements: a systematic review.
  • Health and Education, School Nurse, and School-Based Health Centers Assessing the connection between health and education: identifying potential leverage points for public health to improve school attendance.
  • Cost-benefit study of school nursing services.
  • School-based health centers as patient-centered medical homes.


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  • The association of obesity and school absenteeism attributed to illness or injury among adolescents in the United States, 2009.
  • Mental health surveillance among children--United States, 2005-2011
  • Do health and education agencies in the United States share responsibility for academic achievement and health? A review of 25 years of evidence about the relationship of adolescents' academic achievement and health behaviors.
  • Texting while driving and other risky motor vehicle behaviors among US high school students.
  • Increased risk for school violence-related behaviors among adolescents with insufficient sleep.
  • Measuring school health center impact on access to and quality of primary care.
  • School nurses' role in asthma management, school absenteeism, and cost savings: a demonstration project.
  • How school healthy is your state? A state-by-state comparison of school health practices related to a healthy school environment and health education.


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  • Protective Connections and Educational Attainment Among Young Adults with Childhood-Onset Chronic Disease
  • Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities among Fifth Graders in Three Cities.
  • Children’s Dental Health, School Performance, and Psychosocial Well-Being.
  • Health and School Outcomes During Children’s Transition Into Adolescence.
  • Weight status among adolescents in States that govern competitive food nutrition content.
  • Physical Activity and Performance at School: A Systematic Review of the Literature Including a Methodological Quality Assessment.
  • Online School and children with special health care needs: comparison of performance with traditional schools.
  • School-based health centers in an era of health care reform: building on history
  • Sexual risk avoidance and sexual risk reduction interventions for middle school youth: a randomized controlled trial.
  • Self-injury among early adolescents: Identifying segments protected and at risk.


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  • School outcomes of children with special health care needs.
  • School absenteeism among children living with smokers.
  • Impact of poor oral health on children’s school attendance and performance.
  • Inattention and hyperactivity and the achievement gap among urban minority youth.
  • Healthier students are better learners: high-quality, strategically planned, and effectively coordinated school health programs must be a fundamental mission of schools to help close the achievement gap
  • Encouraging consumption of water in school and child care settings:  access, challenges, and strategies for improvement.
  • School-based body mass index screening and parent notification: a statewide natural experiment.
  • A pilot study to enhance preventive asthma care among urban adolescents with asthma.
  • Evidence-based research on the value of school nurses in an urban school system.
  • School superintendents’ perceptions of schools assisting students in obtaining public health insurance
  • Uses of Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Profiles Data: Applications for improving adolescent and school health.


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