Healthcare and school care (2023)

Koronavirus (COVID-19)
Information to help schools monitor the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Guidelines for the treatment of asthma
For information on asthma management guidelines.
Asthma is the biggest cause of absenteeism. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines and the "Asthma Action Plan for Schools and Families" help schools effectively manage this chronic disease.

Hands Only CPRHealthcare and school care (1)
Heart rescue that can only save lives. Too often, people who go into cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in a public place die because they did not immediately receive CPR from someone on the scene. As a spectator, they encourage you not to be afraid. Your actions can really make a difference.

When you or someone else on the scene calls 911, you will also be asked for your location. Try to be specific, especially if you are calling from a mobile phone that is not linked to a landline. Remember that answering the sender's question in detail will not delay the arrival of help.

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, Assembly Bill (AB) 1719 requires school districts and charter schools that have a high school health course to provide instruction only in performing compression cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This law does not apply to school districts or charters that do not have a health course requirement. CPR is an important life-saving technique that is useful in many emergency situations, including a heart attack or near-drowning, where a person's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

The training program chosen should be based on evidence-based National Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines for performing compression-only CPR. The American Red Cross is an example of an organization that provides these guidelines. Use the link above for more information about CPR and copies of letters distributed to families, teachers and counselors. These letters provide more details about educational requirements and questions for school districts.

AB 1719 also calls for school districts and charter schools to provide their students with general information about the use and importance of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Finally, AB 1719 further states that any person or organization that supports or supervises the teaching of compression-only CPR students or the use of an AED is not liable under the law for civil damages, absent gross negligence or willful misconduct. This protection enables effective learning and teaching without fear of liability.

Hands-only or compression-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It is an easy-to-learn CPR method that has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR and less frightening to bystanders to perform in an emergency. Information is provided on requirements, guidelines and training for school districts.

Diabetes management
Information to help schools manage diabetes, one of the most common chronic diseases in school-age children.

First Aid Instruction Manual for California SchoolsHealthcare and school care (2)(PDF)
Provides recommended guidelines, procedures, and first aid measures for handling medical problems when advanced medically trained personnel are not available on school grounds and as guidance for licensed health care professionals.

Eric Paredes' Sudden Act of Heart (AB 1639)Healthcare and school care (3)
The Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation has a vision that sudden cardiac arrest will be exposed as a serious and neglected health risk affecting young people, leading to mandatory cardiac screenings and the required placement of Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) in schools and young. center. AB 1639 Enacts the Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Act. The law applies to public schools, including charter schools, and private schools that choose to conduct athletic activities. Athletic activities are defined as interscholastic sports, athletic contests, or school-sponsored contests, including school-sponsored cheerleading and practice, interscholastic practice, and competition for all of the above activities. The Act does not apply to sports activities that are carried out during the regular school day or as part of sports and health education. Fact sheets including sudden cardiac arrest symptoms, guidelines for coaches and teachers, videos, resources and links to sports uniforms are provided. School districts and schools are encouraged to post such information on their websites.

Form for exemption from model ophthalmic exam (training code 49455.5) (PDF)
Pursuant to Education Code Section 49455.5, this model exemption form is intended for schools that have entered into a memorandum of understanding with a non-profit eye exam provider to offer free eye exams to their students. These vision screenings are in addition to and do not replace the vision screenings required by Education Code Section 49455.

Prevention of influenza
Information on preventing influenza outbreaks in schools, including information on pandemic influenza.

Prevention of hand, foot and mouth disease (English)Healthcare and school care (4)(PDF)
Hand, foot and mouth disease prevention translations available
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Prevention offers information for parents and caregivers about the prevention and treatment of this viral disease, which mainly affects infants and young children.

Prevention and control of head liceHealthcare and school care (5)
Lice prevention and control information and guidance for school districts and child care facilities.

Requirements for vaccination
Information on immunization requirements for school districts and child care facilities.

Local Education Agency (LEA) Medi-Cal Billing Program.

  • Education Agency LEA Medi-Cal Billing Choice Program Healthcare and school care (6)
    The Local Education Agency Medi-Cal Billing Opportunity Program (LEA BOP) is authorized by the California State Medicaid Plan, which is a contractual agreement between the State of California and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The state plan contains all the information CMS needs to determine whether the state can receive Federal Financial Participation (FFP) for the Medicaid program (Medi-Cal in California).
  • Education Agency Medi-Cal LEA Billing Selection Program Overview Healthcare and school care (7)(PDF)
    The Local Education Agency Medi-Cal Billing Option Program (LEA BOP) was established in 1993 in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) to fund the Health Start program. It is authorized under Section 14132.06 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, and reimbursement is based on a “fee-for-service” model.
  • Education Agency LEA Medi-Cal Billing Choice Program Healthcare and school care (8)(PDF)
    Overview of the local education agency's Medi-Cal benefit selection program

LEA Medi-Cal Program Billing Options Frequently Asked QuestionsHealthcare and school care (9)
The California Department of Health Services (CDHCS) provides information to Local Education Agency (LEAs) Medi-Cal billing option providers on many issues related to billing options, including advising LEAs not to bill for state-mandated vision evaluations and hearings.

To heal
Information on medication administration in California schools, including checklists and training standards for administering epinephrine to students and adults, and frequently asked questions about the Emergency Seizure Drug Act.

A Parent's Guide to MRSA in CaliforniaHealthcare and school care (10)(PDF)
Translations of the California MRSA Parent's Guide are availableA Parent's Guide to MRSA in California: What You Need to Know contains information for parents about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Oral hygiene

  • Assessment of oral health
    Information about CaliforniaEducation codeSection 49452.8, which requires elementary school students to complete an oral health assessment no later than May 31 of the first year of school enrollment.
  • Mobile dental clinics
    Information and guidance on mobile dental facilities for school managers by contract with private dental suppliers.

Overview of Scoliosis in California Public Schools (PDF)
This publication provides guidance to district health and school personnel to facilitate the development and implementation of a statewide scoliosis screening program for seventh and eighth grade female students.

Prevention of skin cancerHealthcare and school care (11)
Exposure to the sun is not without risks. CDPH's Skin Cancer Prevention Program has age-appropriate information and other colorful resources to help schools and others educate people of all ages about sun protection.

Vision and hearing test

  • Guide to Vision Testing in California Public Schools (PDF; 3 MB)
    This publication provides guidance to district and school health personnel about the school vision screening program and the laws and regulations that govern it. The guidelines facilitate the design and implementation of vision assessment programs so that all students in California public schools can benefit from the optimal use of their sense of vision during their education.
  • School vision test report (English) (DOC)
    Translations of the school vision test report are available
    The school vision test report is used to inform parents and guardians of vision test results and to obtain recommendations from a professional examiner.
  • Letter of Color Vision Test Results (English) (DOC)
    Translation of letters with color vision test results are available
    A color vision test results letter is used to notify parents and guardians of color vision test results and to obtain recommendations from a professional examiner.
  • Manual for the school audiometer Healthcare and school care (12)(PDF; 1 MB)
    This CDHCS handbook provides information about the school's hearing conservation program. The manual is intended for persons who have received formal training in audiometry and is not a substitute for such training


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Last review: Wednesday, April 12, 2023


Is health more important than school? ›

Better health provides a stronger foundation on which to build an education. It shouldn't come down to forcing parents, a community or society to have to choose between health and education–especially for our children.

What are two benefits of having school health services? ›

School-based health centers (SBHCs) promote health and educational equity because they: Increase school attendance. Help eligible students enroll in health insurance. Connect students' family members with health coverage.

What are the 4 components of the health care delivery system? ›

Figure 1–1 illustrates that a health care delivery system incorporates four functional components—financing, insurance, delivery, and payment, or the quad-function model. Health care delivery systems differ depend- ing on the arrangement of these components.

Why is healthcare education important? ›

School-based health education helps adolescents acquire functional health knowledge, and strengthens attitudes, beliefs, and practice skills needed to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors throughout their lives.

Should I prioritize my health over school? ›

Prioritizing your own health and well-being, whether it be physical, mental, emotional or any other form, is far more important than any grade. And even if you excel in all your classes, if you do so by putting yourself second, then eventually, it will start catching up with you.

Why is health so important? ›

Being healthy should be part of your overall lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses. Feeling good about yourself and taking care of your health are important for your self-esteem and self-image.

What are schools benefits? ›

Schools Provide a Safe Place for Children and Youth to Learn and Grow Together. Schools are for children, and children need good schools. Schools provide a community where children can learn and grow with teachers, peers, family members, and friends.

What is the purpose of healthcare system? ›

The goal of a healthcare system is to enhance the health of the population in the most effective manner possible in light of a society's available resources and competing needs.

What is the role of healthcare system? ›

According to the World Health Organisation a health system consists of all organisations, people and actions whose primary intent is to promote, restore or maintain health. This includes efforts to influence determinants of health as well as more direct activities that improve health.

What three factors influence the delivery of health care? ›

He distinguishes three components of quality: 1) technical quality, 2) interpersonal quality, and 3) amenities. Technical quality relates to the effectiveness of care in producing achievable health gain.

What are the 5 importance of good health? ›

Studies indicate that the following five factors make the biggest difference in overall health and wellness: 1) diet; 2) rest; 3) exercise; 4) posture; and 5) avoiding the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

How does school affect mental health? ›

When facing academic stress, adolescents and young adults are more likely to develop anxiety or depression. They also experience less well-being and tend to do poorly in school. When given a better academic situation, or academic support, research suggests that students experience improved mental health.

Do healthier kids do better in school? ›

Healthy students are better learners, and academic achievement bears a lifetime of benefits for health.

Why is it important to put your health first? ›

Staying healthy increases the chances you'll be there for your family and friends for many years to come. Use your health coverage when you are sick and when you are well, to help you live a long, healthy life. While coverage is important, there's no substitute for living a healthy lifestyle.

What are the benefits of prioritizing health? ›

Reduced risk of disease – Good health helps your body fight off diseases and infections, which can help you stay healthy and reduce your risk of serious illness. Improved energy levels – When you are in good health, you will have more energy to do the things you enjoy.

What is the most important thing for health? ›

“There are three key things that healthy people do every day: exercise, maintain a nutritious diet and get a good night's sleep.

How to improve your health? ›

Eating a plant-based diet, exercising, controlling weight, not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and getting enough sleep are all pillars of a healthy lifestyle. They're linked to lower risks of chronic disease and a longer life. Many other activities contribute to good health, too.

How do you maintain good health? ›

  1. Measure and Watch Your Weight. ...
  2. Limit Unhealthy Foods and Eat Healthy Meals. ...
  3. Take Multivitamin Supplements. ...
  4. Drink Water and Stay Hydrated, and Limit Sugared Beverages. ...
  5. Exercise Regularly and Be Physically Active. ...
  6. Reduce Sitting and Screen Time. ...
  7. Get Enough Good Sleep. ...
  8. Go Easy on Alcohol and Stay Sober.

How does education affect health positively? ›

Education can also lead to more accurate health beliefs and knowledge, and thus to better lifestyle choices, but also to better skills and greater self-advocacy. Education improves skills such as literacy, develops effective habits, and may improve cognitive ability.

What is the biggest benefit of school? ›

Those who get an education have higher incomes, have more opportunities in their lives, and tend to be healthier. Societies benefit as well. Societies with high rates of education completion have lower crime, better overall health, and civic involvement. Lack of access to education is considered the root of poverty.

Why is learning important? ›

Learning is important to society as a whole because it helps different groups of people to share knowledge, agree on mutual values, and understand one another better.

What are the three major purposes of health care? ›

In the aggregate, we call those goals the “Triple Aim”: improving the individual experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita costs of care for populations.

What are the 4 purposes of health care? ›

Medical care has several important functions other than restoring or maintaining health. These other functions are assessment and certification of health status, prognostication, segregation of the ill to limit communication of illness, and helping to cope with the problems of illness--the caring function.

What are the 3 goals of a healthcare system? ›

There are three overarching goals that make up the Triple Aim of healthcare: reducing costs, improving patient health, and improving quality of care.

What is the definition of health care? ›

: the maintaining and restoration of health by the treatment and prevention of disease especially by trained and licensed professionals (as in medicine, dentistry, clinical psychology, and public health)

What is an example of a health care system? ›

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Center of Excellence defines a health system as a group of healthcare organizations (e.g., physician practices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities) that are jointly owned or managed (foundation models are considered a form of joint management).

Why is the healthcare policy important? ›

Healthcare policy is important because it helps establish guidelines that benefit patients, healthcare organizations, and our healthcare system. Having protocols in place can help prevent human error and poor communication around medical decisions.

What causes lack of access to healthcare? ›

High out-of-pocket costs, even for patients with insurance, are a huge barrier to accessing health care. When people must choose between paying for food and rent or paying for health care, many forgo health care.

What are some primary concerns in health care today? ›

The High Cost of Health Care

The problem: Perhaps the most pressing issue in health care currently is the high cost of care. More than 45% of American adults say it's difficult to afford health care, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and more than 40% have medical debt.

How does lack of access to healthcare affect health? ›

Uninsured adults are less likely to receive preventive services for chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

What are the 5 C's in health? ›

The 5 C's of Integrated Health: Care, Collaboration, Cost, Community & Culture.

What are the 4 keys to good health? ›

Experts widely consider exercise, good nutrition, relaxation and sleep crucial to healthy living. While these so-called “four pillars” of good health help keep your body running, they also do wonders for your emotional well-being.

What are the 4 most important factors of health? ›

Health is influenced by many factors, which may generally be organized into five broad categories known as determinants of health: genetics, behavior, environmental and physical influences, medical care and social factors. These five categories are interconnected.

Why does school cause stress? ›

Concerns about not having enough friends, not being in the same class as friends, not being able to keep up with friends in one particular area or another, interpersonal conflicts, and peer pressure are a few of the very common ways kids can be stressed by their social lives at school.

How does lack of education affect mental health? ›

Lower education is associated with “a lack of psychosocial resources” (Neimeyer, H. et al., 2020) ––such as a sense of control, resilience, the ability to delay gratification, and access to cultural activities ––and exposure to more day-to-day stressors.

How does school stress affect students? ›

But research shows that feeling overwhelming school-related stress actually reduces your motivation to do the work, impacts your overall academic achievement, and increases your odds of dropping out. Stress can also cause health problems such as depression, poor sleep, substance abuse, and anxiety.

Is health the most important thing? ›

Your health is at the center of your life. Every part of your life relies on you having good health. You cannot climb higher in all the other seven areas of your life if you do not have enough physical energy to devote to each of them.

Is health the most important thing in the world? ›

Having your health is the most important thing in life. It enables us to enjoy ourselves, to have the energy to live life to the fullest. Living healthy is not about deprivation – it's about thriving!

What is health more important than? ›

“Health is more important than wealth.” – English Proverb

There are many things more important than money, and the old proverb that health is more important than wealth is certainly true.

Is mental health important than school? ›

Students' mental health in school is a crucial part of the education system. Ultimately, students with positive mental health can build relationships more effectively, make decisions, and work together. These positive effects support the individual student and their larger community as they enter adulthood.

What is most important in healthcare? ›

Patient-centeredness - High-quality care is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensures that patient values guide all clinical decisions. Timeliness - High-quality care minimizes wait times and harmful delays for both those who receive and those who provide care.

What is most important in life? ›

So the most important thing in life is actually to experience the entire gamut of worldly experience. It is important to experience life in its entirety and also be part of the flow of life—to keep growing and evolving as life goes on… not holding back ourselves or those around us from this constant flow.

What are 3 most important things in life? ›

What Really Matters – The 7 Most Important Things in Life
  • Peace. Rule #1, protect your peace. ...
  • Health. So many of us take our health for granted until something life-changing happens, and our health becomes at risk. ...
  • Family & Friendship. Our relationships are our foundation. ...
  • Purpose. Purpose is our “why.” ...
  • Time. ...
  • Learning. ...
  • Love.

What actually matters in life? ›

Friendships, relationships, time, memories, and experiences are what truly matters in life. It's those people and things that can never be replaced, even if you try. Purpose is another important aspect of life because, without purpose, you'd feel empty and void of everything.

What is more important health or happiness? ›

Happiness is just as important to your overall health as what you eat and how active you are, meaning that improving your happiness levels could offer a number of benefits. Both happiness and health are tied together very closely, with each affecting the other.

Why is health different for everyone? ›

In addition to genetics, factors like nutrition, society, and autoimmune functioning can influence body size and shape.

What are the most important types of health? ›

There are five main aspects of personal health: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual. In order to be considered "well," it is imperative for none of these areas to be neglected.

Why do schools not take mental health seriously? ›

They are not equipped with the time, resources, or training necessary to give students with signs of mental health issues the unique attention they deserve. Moreover, mental health education is seldom part of the student's curriculum, even though parents recognize the importance of the subject.

How does school impact mental health? ›

When facing academic stress, adolescents and young adults are more likely to develop anxiety or depression. They also experience less well-being and tend to do poorly in school. When given a better academic situation, or academic support, research suggests that students experience improved mental health.

Why is school good for mental health? ›

Research shows that education can improve mental health by broadening your intellectual, social and emotional horizons. Attending school can also expand your knowledge, help you meet new people, further your goals, improve your career and even help you build better coping mechanisms.


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