Health and Learning Go Hand in Hand
ETS hosted a convening of 23 health and education experts on May 5 and 6, 2016. The convening was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to support ETS in the exploration of opportunities for collaborations between the health and education sectors. Researchers in these sectors recognize that the persistent disparities in health and education require frameworks that consider a variety of social, neighborhood, school and family characteristics that influence opportunities to thrive and prosper across multiple domains of life.
These committed and involved experts participated in this convening and exchanged knowledge and ideas. The convening had three objectives:
- to define research opportunities available given existing data systems
- to identify research priorities for advancing health and K–12 education collaborations
- to recommend measures and methods to consider in future health and education data systems
In the context of RWJF's Culture of Health Action Framework, fostering cross-sector collaboration is a key area of action to influence population health and well-being. As such, education and school settings are critical to building a Culture of Health by supporting healthy development and producing healthy and equitable communities.
Similarly, at ETS we are interested in examining circumstances beyond and within schools to explain the persistent achievement gaps across economic and racial population groups.
Additional Information and Policy Report
- Bridging Education and Health: Opportunities for Collaboration on Research and Data Systems (PDF) an ETS produced policy report that encapsulates the meeting and provides recommendations for next steps.
- Bridging Education and Health Executive Summary (PDF)
- A list of available health and education data sets (Excel) compiled by ETS and found in the public domain. The data sets are organized by their level of sponsorship (federal, state, non-government agency or a joint effort) and institutional affiliation. The list includes a compilation of the large, well-known health and education dataset. ETS aims to keep this list as comprehensive as possible. If you know a data set that should be included please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.