The passage of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents a tremendous opportunity to integrate health and wellness into education policy and practice. To assess the health and wellness outcomes of ESSA, the Health Impact Project conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) focused on school-level needs assessments under Title I. The HIA found that based on the proposed regulations, the needs assessments are unlikely to identify and address underlying health factors affecting education outcomes. However, data suggest that many schools are already considering some health-related data, and some schools and districts have expressed interest in adding health indicators, providing an opportunity to build on this important work during ESSA implementation. As states are currently drafting their state implementation ESSA plans for Spring 2017, this is a critical opportunity for states to support the whole child and the address the importance of school health and wellness. Furthermore, to address the social and economic factors that affect student achievement, stakeholders from multiple sectors must be involved early in the needs assessment process to be included in a meaningful way.

Please join us for our upcoming Dialogue4Health Web Forum where we will discuss the Health Impact Project’s findings and recommendations. We will also highlight how some states are incorporating health data in their needs assessments or health measures in their accountability/report cards. Speakers will also take participant questions.


Ruth Lindberg, MPH, MUP


Health Impact Project

Washington, DC

Ruth Lindberg is an officer for the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) and support the growth of the field in the United States. In this role, she leads the…

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Sarah Mathew

Director, Health and Wellness Unit

Colorado Department of Education

Denver, CO

Sarah Mathew is the Director of Health and Wellness at the Colorado Department of Education. In the Office of Health and Wellness (OHW) she oversees many grant funded initiatives addressing Mental/Behavioral Health, School Health Professionals, Project AWARE, Physical Education and Activity, School Nutrition Programs, School Medicaid Programs, Traumatic Brain Injury…

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Bridget Clementi, MBA

Vice President, Community Health

Children’s Hospital Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

Passionate about the intersection between school and community health as a catalyst to kid’s achieving their full potential, Bridget Clementi dedicates her professional and personal time and efforts to leading child safety, injury prevention, health education, and school and community health initiatives. As Vice President of Community Health for Children’s…

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Rochelle Davis

President and CEO

Healthy Schools Campaign

Chicago, IL

Rochelle Davis brings broad experience as a leader in children’s wellness and environmental health to her role as president and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), a national not-for-profit organization she founded in 2002. HSC advocates for national, state, and local policies and programs that make schools healthier places to…

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Date Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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