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Now available: Ohio Healthy Students Profiles

5/8/2023

The Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, has released the fourth annual edition of the Ohio Healthy Students Profiles.

Future Forward Ohio encompasses the Department’s strategic priorities to help students recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the priorities, student wellness, focuses on addressing barriers that prevent students from engaging in learning.

Poor health can negatively affect educational achievement by causing poor attendance, concentration problems and learning disabilities. Students experience greater success when they feel healthy, safe, engaged in learning and supported by caring relationships. Healthy students are more likely to attend school regularly, enjoy learning and develop positive social skills.

While the statewide numbers for the 2021-2022 school year suggest recent improvements, at least one-quarter of Medicaid-participating students in Ohio still struggle with diagnosed behavior health conditions.

The profiles are a data resource for educators, community health partners and other stakeholders who fill a role in helping students overcome obstacles to learning. There is a separate profile for most public districts and schools detailing measures on health care interactions, health conditions and education indicators for the Medicaid-participating subgroup of students. 

Email WholeChild@education.ohio.gov with questions about Ohio Healthy Students Profiles.