Improving Schools and Public Health in Baltimore
One of the most pressing public health challenges currently being addressed in Baltimore, MD, is improving the city’s public school system. While the high school graduation rate for Baltimore City Public Schools is on the rise — from 61 percent in 2010 to nearly 71 percent in 2017 — it is still well below the national average of 83 percent.
Studies show that people without a high school diploma tend to face lifelong health risks, are more likely to engage in dangerous behavior and are less likely to be employed and insured, thus continuing the cycle of poverty, disparity and crime in U.S. cities.
There has been a public health movement to improve school-based health centers in public schools across the nation in order to promote student health and well-being. Professionals working in these health centers are encouraged to consider the social factors and stressors that affect student success and remove these barriers in order for students to learn, graduate and thrive.
How Can We Help Students in Baltimore and Beyond?
Public health professionals are needed in cities like Baltimore to implement policies and programs to improve the graduation rate and the ultimate health, happiness and success of residents.
The online MPH program from GW trains students to be prepared to create and apply important public health initiatives to communities and people in need.
http://www.schoolbasedhealthcare.org/key-issues/health-and-well-being-in-schools (2017) http://foxbaltimore.com/news/project-baltimore/graduation-rates-for-baltimore-city-schools-a-look-behind-the-numbers (2017) https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2016-10-17/white-house-touts-all-time-high-school-graduation-rates (2016)