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.

Below is an archive of "Must Read" Papers from previous years:


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Effect of High Performing Schools and School Climate on Students’ Health Successful schools and risky behaviors among low-income adolescents. Wong MD, Coller KM, Dudovitz RN, Kennedy DP, Buddin R, Shapiro MF, Kataoka SH, Brown AF, Tseng CH, Bergman P, Chung PJ. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug;134(2):e389-96. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3573.

Protective school climates and reduced risk for suicide ideation in sexual minority youths.
Hatzenbuehler ML, Birkett M, Van Wagenen A, Meyer IH. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb;104(2):279-86. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301508. Epub 2013 Dec 12.

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. Hahn RA, Rammohan V, Truman BI, Milstein B, Johnson RL, Muntañer C, Jones CP, Fullilove MT, Chattopadhyay SK, Hunt PC9, Abraido-Lanza AF; Community Preventive Services Task Force. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Mar;46(3):312-23. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.12.003.

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. Babey SH, Wu S, Cohen D. Prev Med. 2014 Dec;69 Suppl 1:S55-60. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.10.013. Epub 2014 Oct 16.

Protective effects of middle school comprehensive sex education with family involvement. Grossman JM1, Tracy AJ, Charmaraman L, Ceder I, Erkut S. J Sch Health. 2014 Nov;84(11):739-47. doi: 10.1111/josh.12199.

In-school neurofeedback training for ADHD: sustained improvements from a randomized control trial. Steiner NJ1, Frenette EC, Rene KM, Brennan RT, Perrin EC. Pediatrics. 2014 Mar;133(3):483-92. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-2059. Epub 2014 Feb 17.

Nonmedical exemptions from school immunization requirements: a systematic review. Wang E, Clymer J, Davis-Hayes C, Buttenheim A. Am J Public Health. 2014 Nov;104(11):e62-84. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302190. Epub 2014 Sep 11.

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. Gase LN1, Kuo T, Coller K, Guerrero LR, Wong MD. Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep;104(9):e47-54. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301977. Epub 2014 Jul 17.

Cost-benefit study of school nursing services. Wang LY1, Vernon-Smiley M, Gapinski MA, Desisto M, Maughan E, Sheetz A. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Jul;168(7):642-8. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5441.

School-based health centers as patient-centered medical homes. O'Leary ST, Lee M, Federico S, Barnard J, Lockhart S, Albright K, Shmueli D, Allison MA, Kempe A. Pediatrics. 2014 Nov;134(5):957-64. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-0296. Epub 2014 Oct 6.


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By Subject:

Chronic Disease, School Performance, and Attendance

Chronic health conditions and school performance among children and youth.
Crump C1, Rivera D, London R, Landau M, Erlendson B, Rodriguez E. Ann Epidemiol. 2013 Apr;23(4):179-84. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.01.001. Epub 2013 Feb 12.

The association of obesity and school absenteeism attributed to illness or injury among adolescents in the United States, 2009. Pan L1, Sherry B, Park S, Blanck HM. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jan;52(1):64-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.04.003. Epub 2012 May 23.

Mental health surveillance among children--United States, 2005-2011. Perou R1, Bitsko RH, Blumberg SJ, Pastor P, Ghandour RM, Gfroerer JC, Hedden SL, Crosby AE, Visser SN, Schieve LA, Parks SE, Hall JE, Brody D, Simile CM, Thompson WW, Baio J, Avenevoli S, Kogan MD, Huang LN; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). MMWR Surveill Summ. 2013 May 17;62 Suppl 2:1-35.

Adolescence, Insufficient Sleep, and Risky Behaviors

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. Bradley BJ1, Greene AC. J Adolesc Health. 2013 May;52(5):523-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.01.008. Epub 2013 Mar 25.

Texting while driving and other risky motor vehicle behaviors among US high school students.
Olsen EO1, Shults RA, Eaton DK. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun;131(6):e1708-15. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-3462. Epub 2013 May 13.

Increased risk for school violence-related behaviors among adolescents with insufficient sleep. Hildenbrand AK(1), Daly BP, Nicholls E, Brooks-Holliday S, Kloss JD. J Sch Health. 2013 Jun;83(6):408-14. doi: 10.1111/josh.12044.

School Nurses, School Health Centers, and State School Health Rankings

Measuring school health center impact on access to and quality of primary care. Gibson EJ1, Santelli JS, Minguez M, Lord A, Schuyler AC. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Dec;53(6):699-705. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.06.021. Epub 2013 Aug 15.

School nurses' role in asthma management, school absenteeism, and cost savings: a demonstration project. Rodriguez E(1), Rivera DA, Perlroth D, Becker E, Wang NE, Landau M. J Sch Health. 2013 Dec;83(12):842-50. doi: 10.1111/josh.12102.

How school healthy is your state? A state-by-state comparison of school health practices related to a healthy school environment and health education. Brener ND(1), Wechsler H, McManus T. J Sch Health. 2013 Oct;83(10):743-9. doi: 10.1111/josh.12089.


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Maslow G, Haydon AA, McRee AL, Halpern CT. Protective Connections and Educational Attainment Among Young Adults with Childhood-Onset Chronic Disease. J Sch Health. 2012 Aug;82(8):364-70.

Schuster MA, Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, Wallander JL, Tortolero SR, Ratner JA, Klein DJ, Cuccaro PM, Davies SL, Banspach SW. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities among Fifth Graders in Three Cities. N Engl J Med. 2012 Aug 23;367(8):735-45.

Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Wehby GL. Children’s Dental Health, School Performance, and Psychosocial Well-Being. Pediatrics. J Pediatr. 2012 Dec;161(6):1153-9. Epub 2012 Jun 23.

Forrest CB, Bevans KB, Riley AW, Crespo R, Louis TA. Health and School Outcomes During Children’s Transition Into Adolescence. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Feb;52(2):186-94. Epub 2012 Aug 27.

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Perna FM, Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ. Weight status among adolescents in States that govern competitive food nutrition content. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep;130(3):437-44. Epub 2012 Aug 13.

Singh A, Uijtdewilligen L, Twisk JW, van Mechelen W, Chinapaw MJ. Physical Activity and Performance at School: A Systematic Review of the Literature Including a Methodological Quality Assessment. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med.2012 Jan;166(1):49-55.

Thompson LA, Ferdig R, Black E. Online School and children with special health care needs: comparison of performance with traditional schools. J Med Internet Res. 2012 Apr

Keeton V, Soleimanpour S, Brindis CD. School-based health centers in an era of health care reform: building on history. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2012 Jul;42(6):132-56; discussion 157-8.

Markham CM, Tortolero SR, Peskin MF, Shegog R, Thiel M, Baumler ER, Addy RC, Escobar-Chaves SL, Reininger B, Robin L. Sexual risk avoidance and sexual risk reduction interventions for middle school youth: a randomized controlled trial. J Adolesc Health.2012 Mar;50(3):279-88. Epub 2011 Oct 7.

Alfonso ML, Kaur R. Self-injury among early adolescents: Identifying segments protected and at risk. J Sch Health. 2012 Nov;82(12):537-47.


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By Subject:

The Effect of Health Conditions on Educational Outcomes
Forrest CB, Bevans KB, Riley AW, Crespo R, Louis TA. School outcomes of children with special health care needs. Pediatrics Vol 128 No 2 Aug 2011.

Levy DE, Winickoff JP, Rigotti NA. School absenteeism among children living with smokers.  Pediatrics. 2011 Oct;128(4):650-6.

Stephanie L. Jackson, DDS, MS, William F. Vann Jr, DMD, PhD, Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, Bhavna T. Pahel, PhD, MPH, BDS, and Jessica Y. Lee, DDS, PhD, MPH.  Impact of poor oral health on children’s school attendance and performance.   American journal of Public Health  Oct 2011, Vol 101, No 10

Basch CE. Inattention and hyperactivity and the achievement gap among urban minority youth. J Sch Health. 2011; 81: 641-649.

Basch CE. 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. J Sch Health. 2011; 81: 650-662.

School-Based Obesity Interventions
Patel AI, Hampton KE.  Encouraging consumption of water in school and child care settings:  access, challenges, and strategies for improvement.  Am J Public Health. 2011 Aug;101(8):1370-9. Epub 2011 Jun 16.

Madsen KA. School-based body mass index screening and parent notification: a statewide natural experiment. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 165(11):987-92, Nov 2011.

School-Based Asthma Control Intervention
Halterman JS, Riekert K, Bayer A, Fagnano M, Tremblay P, Blaakman S, Borrelli B. A pilot study to enhance preventive asthma care among urban adolescents with asthma. J Asthma. 2011; 48(5):523-30.

The Role of School Nurses and School Outreach Efforts to Improve Access to Care
Baisch MJ, Ludeen SP, Murphy MK. Evidence-based research on the value of school nurses in an urban school system.  J Sch Health. 2011;81(2):74-80.

Rickard ML, Price JH, Telljohann SK, Dake JA, Fink BN.  School superintendents’ perceptions of schools assisting students in obtaining public health insurance.  J Sch Health. 2011 Dec;81(12):756-63.

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Profiles
Foti, K., Balaji, A., & Shanklin, S. (2011). Uses of Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Profiles Data: Applications for improving adolescent and school health. Journal of School Health, 81(6), 345-354.


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By Subject:

Health, Academic Achievement and Health Care

Basch C. Healthier students are better learners: A Missing Link in Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap. Equity Matters Research Review no.6 March 2010.

Guo J, Wade T, Pan W, Keller K: School-Based Health Centers: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Impact on Health Care Disparities: AJPH. 2010;100(9):1617-1623

Strolin-Goltzman J. The relationship between school-based health centers and the learning environment. J Sch Health. 2010;80:153-159.

Walker CS Kerns SEU, Lyon AR et.al. Impact of School-Based Health Center Use on Academic Performance. J Adolesc Health. 2010;46(3):251-256.

Mental Health
Husky MM, Kaplan A, et. al. Identifying adolescents at risk through voluntary school-based mental health screening. J Adolesc. 2011 Jun;34(3):505-11. Epub 2010 Jun 18.

Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Diabetes
HEALTHY Study Group. A School-Based Intervention for Diabetes Risk Reduction. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jul 29;363(5):443-53. Epub 2010 Jun 27.

Ramstetter CL, Murray RD, Garner AS. The Crucial Role of Recess in Schools. J Sch Health. 2010;80(11):517-526.

Sarmiento K, Mitchko J, Klein C, Wong S. Evaluation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Concussion Initiative for High School Coaches: Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports”. J Sch Health. 2010;80(3):112-118.

School Environment
Simons E, Hwang SA, et al. The Impact of School Building Conditions on Student Absenteeism in Upstate New York. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(9):1679-1686.

Students with Asthma
Gerald JK, G. R., Bailey WC, Gerald LB. Cost-effectiveness of school-based asthma screening in an urban setting. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010; 125(3):643-50, 650.e1-650.e12.

Stevens GD, Pickering TA, et al. Relationship of medical home quality with school engagement and afterschool participation among children with asthma. J Asthma. 2010;47(9): 1001-1010.

Wheeler L, Buckley R, et al. Working With Schools to Improve Pediatric Asthma Management. Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology. 2010; 22(4):197-208.


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By Subject:

Asthma-Friendly Schools
Jones SE, Wheeler LS, Smith AM, McManus T. Adherence to National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's "How Asthma-Friendly Is Your School?" recommendations. J Sch Nurs. 2009 Oct;25(5):382-94.

Asthma “Screening” and Morbidity
Gerald JK, Sun Y, Grad R, Gerald LB. Asthma morbidity among children evaluated by asthma case detection. Pediatrics. 2009 Nov;124(5):e927-33.

Asthma Education
Do school-based asthma education programs improve self-management and health outcomes?  Coffman JM, Cabana MD, Yelin EH.  Pediatrics. 2009;124(2) :729-742.

School Based Mental Health Screening
Scott MA, Wilcox HC, Schonfeld IS, Davies M, Hicks RC, Turner JB, Shaffer D.
School-Based Screening to Identify At-Risk Students Not Already Known to School Professionals: The Columbia Suicide Screen. Am J Public Health. 2009;99:334–339

School-Based Adolescent Immunization Delivery
Daley MF, Curtis CR, et. al. Adolescent immunization delivery in school-based health centers: a national survey. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2009;45(5):445-52

School Closure during Influenza Pandemic
Cauchemez S, Ferguson NM, Wachtel C, Tegnell A, Saour G, Duncan B, Nicoli A. Closure of schools during an influenza pandemic. Lancet Infect Dis. 2009 Aug;9(8):473-81

Physical Education Class Injuries
Nelson NG, Alhajj M et al. Physical education class injuries treated in emergency departments in the US 1997-2007. Pediatrics. 2009;124:918-925.

Physically disabled students
Egilson ST, Traustadottir R.  Participation of students with physical disabilities in the school environment.  Am J Occup Ther. 2009;63(3):264-272.

Encouraging Walking in Children and Adolescents
Giles-Corti, B. Kelty, SF, Zubrick, SR, Villanueva, KP. Encouraging walking for transport and physical activity in children and adolescents: How important is the build environment? Sports Med. 2009;39(12):995-1009.

Effect of School Breakfast and Lunch on BMI
Gleason PM, Dodd AH. School breakfast program but not school lunch program participation is associated with lower body mass index. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109:s118-s128.

Fast Food Restaurants Near Schools
Davis B, Carpenter C.  Proximity of Fast-Food Restaurants to Schools and Adolescent Obesity.  Am J Public Health. 2009;99(3):505-510. 


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By Subject:

School Health Laws, Policies and Surveillance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Law and the Public’s Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. A CDC review of school laws and policies concerning child and adolescent health. Journal of School Health. 2008;78(2):69–127.

Eaton DK, Kann L,Kinchen S, Shanklin S, Ross J, et. al. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance-US 2007. MMWR. 2008;57(SSO4);1-131.

School Health Services
Bergman DA, Sharek P, Eckegren K , Thyne S, Mayer M, Saunders M. The Use of Telemedicine Access to Schools to Facilitate Expert Assessment of Children with Asthma. Internalt J of Telemedicine and Applications. 2008;Article ID 159276, 7 pages.

Burke B, Bynum A, Hall-Barrow J, Ott R, Albright M. Rural school-based telehealth: how to make it happen. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008;47(9):926-9.

Davis, MM, King, JC, Moag, L, Cummings, G, Magder, LS. Countywide School-Based Influenza Immunization: Direct and Indirect Impact on Student Absenteeism. Pediatrics. 2008;122(1):e260-e265.

Millard MW, Johnson PT, Hilton A, Hart M. Children with Asthma Miss More School: Fact or Fiction? CHEST. 2009;135:303–306.

Moonie S, Sterling DA, Figgs LW, Castro M. The relationship between school absence, academic performance, and asthma status. J Sch Health. 2008;78:140-148.

Janosz M, Archembault I, Pagani LS, Pascal S, Morin AJS, Bowen F. Are there detrimental effects of witnessing school violence in early adolescence? J Adolesc Health 2008;43:600-608.

Taras H and Brennan JJ. Students with chronic diseases: nature of school physician support. J Sch Health. 2008;78(7):389-396

Wade TJ, Mansour ME, Line K, Huentelman T, and Keller KN. Improvements in Health-Related Quality of Life Among School-Based Health Centers Users in Elementary and Middle School. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2008;8(4):241-249.

Mental Health
Glew, GM, Fan M-Y, Katon W. Bullying and school safety. J Pediatrics. 2008;152(1):123-128

Janosz M, Archembault I, Pagani LS, Pascal S, Morin AJS, Bowen F. Are there detrimental effects of witnessing school violence in early adolescence? J Adolesc Health. 2008;43:600-608.

Roberts RE, Roberts CR, Duong HT. Chronic insomnia and its negative consequences for health functioning of adolescents: A 12-month prospective study. J Adolesc Health. 2008;42(3):294-302.

Foster GD, Sherman S, Borradaile KE, Grundy KM, Vander Veur SS, Nachamani J, Karpyn A, Kumanyika S, Shults J. A Policy-Based School Intervention to Prevent Overweight and Obesity Pediatrics. 2008;121:e794-e802.



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