Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Classroom Success, Creating Optimal Conditions for Learning

An Educational Solution: SMART (School Health Model for Academics Reaching All and Transforming Lives) aims to break the cycle of poverty and improve the trajectory of lives by supporting academic achievement with onsite SMART clinics. SMART Clinics are designed to identify and address the physical, behavioral, social, and emotional barriers to classroom success through the proactive delivery of integrative health services, embedded in the school, in real time.

The SMART Model delivers a comprehensive, system-wide strategy for education-driven health services built on the numerous, well-documented interconnections between the “Whole Child” factors of physical and behavioral health, wellness, social and emotional learning, and educational attainment.

The Science of SMART

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Salutes SMART Teams

What makes SMART Student Health and Wellness Centers Unique?

  • Academic Purpose
  • Collaborative Approach
  • Interdisciplinary Viewpoint
  • Focus on Wellness of All Students
  • Prevention-Based and Proactive
  • Outcomes-Oriented
  • Entrepreneurial Culture
  • Data-Driven
  • Permanent Asset Managed by Local Stakeholders


If communities are looking for innovative and effective school health solutions, they should look no further than Melanie Ginn and the SMART Student Health model that was developed and implemented to deliver strong and sustained health and educational outcomes that have a far-reaching impact on individual students and their families, schools, and communities. –  Dr. Liza Cariaga-Lo, Founder & CEO, CLCO Group, Former Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

When noting the evolution of the public school system and its hallmark features, I can see the day when SMART Student Health and Wellness Centers are as normative within public education as cafeterias—one in every school. It is paramount that students in the classroom be physically and mentally healthy, providing each the best opportunity to participate and learn. SMART identifies and reduces the barriers to student success and creates/improves the conditions that maximize the capacity for educators to teach.Dr. Peter Hlebowitsh, Dean of the College of Education, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

As I reflect on the turmoil I encountered while working to turn around a failing school, I now realize that having the SMART clinic was the primary differentiator for us in that process. With SMART, my school and my students are offered a much more sustained impact, not a triage. SMART casts a deeper and wider net that not only meets immediate needs, but also results in outcomes that will stretch beyond the years of high school. – Chad Adams, Principal, Sullivan High School, Chicago

SMART Clinic Locations