BARHII works with local health departments to promote strategies to address the educational achievement gap. Educational programs are critical and crucial to positive health outcomes. Identified as one of the key social determinants of health that leads to economic and social inequalities, it is imperative that we address this issue.
The impact of education on health goes beyond what health behaviors are learned in the classroom. People with more education are more likely to live in safer neighborhoods where they have access to healthy foods, good schools, and green space for exercise.
First 5 California published a report on The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on California Students and a research brief summarizing the main findings.
Raising of America
On March 20, 2015, BARHII hosted the Health Equity and Early Childhood Policies in California workshop in Oakland, CA. BARHII recognizes that the early childhood period is considered the most significant phase for healthy development in one’s lifespan. What happens to the child in the early years helps shape its future opportunities. Early child development strongly influences well-being, health outcomes, academic success, economic participation, and incarceration throughout life.
California Newsreel, the makers of Unnatural Causes, will soon be releasing a new documentary series focusing on early childhood development and equity: Raising of America (RofA). For more info please see: http://www.raisingofamerica.org