Letter from the Chair

​Council on School ​Health

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​Letter from ​the Chair

​​The Council on School Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics (COSH) is a home for pediatricians who are passionate in their support of children, their schools and those individuals who assist schools to improve the health and lives of youth.

We share your commitment to maximizing the personal health, academic achievement and life-long success of children and adolescents.  As noted by the US CDC, “for 95 percent of U.S. children ages 5–17, schools are the primary institution responsible for childhood development, after the family. It is essential that schools have an effective and comprehensive school health model in place during these critical years of social, psychological, physical, and intellectual development.”  COSH seeks to promote sound school health policies and practices that ensure the health and safety of school-aged children and adolescents through policy, education and advocacy.

Pediatricians work with schools in a variety of ways to support students and the staff who serve them. Some are school-based providers while others are employed or volunteer as health consultants to bring their knowledge and experience to bear on behalf of schools.

Your Executive Committee (COSH EC) and the full COSH membership represents pediatricians from across the nation.  We organize the school health educational program at the AAP National Convention and Exhibition (NCE) as well as create policy and advocacy related to school health.

We look forward to engaging you in our collective work to improve the health of school aged children. If you share our desire to advance the health and academic achievement of children and adolescents, join COSH!

Marc Lerner, MD
Chair, AAP Council on School Health​

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