Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Classroom Success, and Thus Creating Optimal Conditions for Learning
The proactive Smart Student Health – SMART™ – solution aims to break the cycle of poverty and improve the trajectory of lives by supporting academic achievement. SMART™ deploys an Active Access strategy to deliver Active Care—integrative physical and behavioral health interventions, as well as reducing barriers to educational attainment and competence.
SMART™ integrates a population health focused approach to ensure the wellness of ALL students in the building through a combination of intervention methods to prevent, screen, and manage any health risks, thus reducing barriers to academic success.
What makes SMART Student Health and Wellness Centers Unique?
- Academic Purpose
- Collaborative Approach
- Interdisciplinary Viewpoint
- Focus on Wellness of ALL Students
- Proactive Engagement
- Entrepreneurial Culture
- Sustainable Business Model
The Proof is in the Data
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