Linking Children’s Health to Education

The importance of children’s health, safety and well-being is explicit in the core values of the American Federation of Teachers. Today, 1 in 5 children struggles with a mental illness or lives in a food-insecure household. Impoverished children face even greater health risks with limited access to appropriate care. Recognizing the growing challenge of health disparities and their impact on school success, the AFT health, safety and well-being department created a new program focused on children’s wellness, with three priority areas identified from a member survey: equitable access to care and food security.