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Education as a Social Determinant of Health: The Role of Laws and Policies

posted on Wed, Feb 1 2017 2:18 pm by The Network

Thursday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. View/download the slides.

Schools are a key part of the physical and social environment in every community. In order to promote good health, education must be of high quality, accessible, safe, and equitable. Because of the critical role that education plays as a social determinant of health, public health practitioners, policymakers, and their partners across the health system need to have a solid understanding of the relationship between education and health in order to develop effective policies and allocate resources to maximize improvements across both sectors. 

The new federal Every Student Succeeds Act as well as emerging legal and policy approaches at the state and local level provide opportunities for schools and other educational programs to more fully engage with their communities and encourage the development of well-rounded students and citizens.  

This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, is the first in a series on the Social Determinants of Health and the Law, and will explore how law and policy can be used to address education as a social determinant of health.


  • Jill Krueger, J.D., Director, Network for Public Health Law - Northern Region
  • Rebecca Sustersic Carroll, Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Policy Analyst
  • Alex Mays, MHS, Healthy Schools Campaign, National Program Director


  • Dawn Pepin, J.D., M.P.H., Public Health Law Program, CDC


Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. CLEs for Network webinars are provided by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME). ASLME is the approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states; ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.