Student success rooted in healthy families

March 19, 2018

When it comes to student success most of us think of “reading, writing and arithmetic,” or if you’re a little younger, your first thoughts might be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). All of those subjects are well and good, but I’d venture to say they’re not the most important to a child’s success.

The foundation to student success is their health and the health of their family.

If we want our young people to be ready for kindergarten, to excel in elementary reading and math, graduate high school on time and be prepared to enter the workforce, we’ve got to work together to make sure they’re healthy. And there’s a lot of opportunity for improvement across Escambia County.

Last year in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, over 17 percent of adults were uninsured. Three out 20 did not have a primary source of health care. And 15 percent of local residents did not see a doctor because of the cost.

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