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School-based health centers could improve Philly kids’ educational outcomes

By Tony Abraham, Generocity | February 1, 2018

Stoneleigh Fellow Julie Cousler Emig is featured by Generocity.

“Asthma is the leading cause of absenteeism,” said Education Plus Health Executive Director Julie Cousler Emig. “School-based health centers have a strong demonstrated impact on cutting absenteeism rates. More seat time should lead to better educational outcomes.”

Philadelphia has infamously high infant mortality rates, child mortality rates, teen birth rates and absenteeism. Cousler Emig suspects SBHCs are a missing piece of the child health puzzle in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

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