Advancing health equity by addressing social determinants of health: Using health data to improve educational outcomes.

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Date: Mar. 17, 2021
From: PLoS ONE(Vol. 16, Issue 3)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Document Type: Report
Length: 6,156 words
Lexile Measure: 1610L

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Data from two social determinants of health-access to health care and access to a quality education-are combined to examine the impact of health on student achievement. Data from a high poverty, high performing K-8 school revealed a significant negative correlation between the number of visits to a school-based nurse and standardized academic assessments. Fixed effect regression confirmed the effect of total number of visits to the school-based nurse on performance on standardized assessments, and also revealed that two types of visits, neurological and gastrointestinal, were predictive of student performance. Taken together, these results suggest that when students are suffering from ill health their academic performance is negatively impacted. Implications for improving health equity through data-driven educational interventions are discussed.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A655343492