The Council on School Health (COSH) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that healthy students are better learners. COSH works to support child wellbeing through recognizing the vital role schools play in the life of children and communities, and the contribution of schools to promote thriving children and families. Embracing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASCD. COSH members are provided with vital resources and learning opportunities to enhance the pediatrician’s role in supporting and advocating for school health services, psychological services, family involvement, health education, nutrition services and education, physical education and community engagement.
The COSH recognizes the myriad of challenges facing children and families that can impact school outcomes. Schools play an increasing role in the lives of the most underserved students by standing in the gap for these vulnerable children. Through school based and community partnered services, pediatricians are in a unique position to partner with schools. The COSH represents pediatricians serving in state and local health and education agencies, academic institutions, private practice, and health care delivery systems. The COSH Executive Committee (EC) promotes AAP policy on school health issues to support COSH members to take on a variety of roles within their local school health programs. Issues such as school-based health centers, adverse childhood experiences, school mental health programs, chronic disease management in schools are among the COSH focus areas designed to promote quality whole child focused school health programs.
Partnering with many other AAP Councils, Committees and Sections, the COSH supports AAP policy addressing the health and social issues facing children and families. On behalf of the COSH EC, I invite you to join COSH and be part of a vibrant group dedicated to promoting child health and school success for all children!
Cheryl De Pinto, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chair, AAP Council on School Health