Evidence-Based Prevention Policies Degisigned to Promote Healthly Youth Development and Well-Being

Promoting healthy youth development necessarily goes beyond the realm of health care, as risks to child health and well-being are embedded in the social and physical environmental conditions in which children live and function. Community leaders and educators play a vital role in promoting the health of young people in the communities and schools that they serve and can maximize their impact by advocating for and supporting efficacious, evidence-based strategies.

Dr. Komro’s Institute has synthesized published systematic and meta-analytic reviews of policy-relevant, local-level strategies that address potent and malleable influences on child development in four key domains:  cognitive development; social and emotional competence; psychological and behavioral wellbeing; and physical health. She summarizes this work and provides an illustration combining a comprehensive set of evidence-based strategies to promote healthy youth development across a wide-range of child health outcomes.

Subsequently, Dr. Cohen and Mr. Bellizio of the National School Climate Center summarize current school climate policy trends.   They provide an overview of School Climate Standards and the linked indicators and sub-indicators that support a vision and framework for a positive and sustainable school climate that promotes healthy child and adolescent development and active learning. They share information about effective policy and practice guidelines, along with tools and related resources that support principals, superintendents, and state leaders in understanding how to integrate school climate reform into existing school improvement efforts.


  • Kelli A. Komro, MPH, PhD, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida Research Foundation
  • Johnathan Cohen, PhD; Dan Bellizio, Esq.; & Jessica Savage, Esq. National School Climate Center

Date of webinar: August, 15, 2013

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