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School Health

  • By: Heather E. Canary
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Communication is central to school health issues and processes. Research concerning school health communication includes three broad areas: (1) interpersonal communication among school health staff members, students, parents, and other health providers; (2) school-based health campaigns and interventions; and (3) public health policies that affect school personnel and students. A uniqueness of the school context is that health per se is not the focal purpose of schools. Obviously, education is the focus of schools. However, with laws across the globe requiring children to attend school up to a certain age, schools have become a key site for implementing public health initiatives involving children. Furthermore, people with chronic health and disability issues work in and attend schools, requiring organized responses to attending to health and ...

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