School-Based Health

Supporting Student Health 

Future Forward Ohio outlines the state’s strategic priorities for helping students overcome educational obstacles, accelerate learning and prepare for future success. Schools and districts can help students overcome obstacles to learning by addressing health barriers that prevent students from engaging. 

Schools and districts can create environments where students are ready to learn by establishing school-based health centers or training adults in the prevention and management of health conditions. They can support student health by implementing policies for medication procurement and administration and by training school staff and students on how to prevent and respond to health emergencies. 

Schools and districts can also support students with chronic health conditions. Learn more by selecting a topic below: 

Below are additional webpages and resources about other health related topics, resources and requirements.  The Ohio Department of Health also offers resources on School Health and School Nursing.  

Medications in Ohio Schools 

Schools may administer medication onsite to support student health, increase seat time and prepare students to learn. Students may need medications for chronic conditions, acute conditions or emergency situations.  

The Ohio Department of Health offers resources on Medication Administration Training for School Personnel

Menstrual Products  

Schools and districts are required to provide feminine hygiene (menstrual) products for students in grades 6 through 12. The Menstrual Products in Schools webpage provides details on these requirements.  


The Supporting Students with Concussion webpage provides signs and symptoms of concussion and includes information on Ohio law related to concussions in student athletes.

Indoor Air Quality 

The Indoor Air Quality in Schools webpage provides resources to assist school administrators in improving air quality and improving student health. Improving indoor air quality helps to prevent the spread of disease, reduce asthma triggers like pollutants and irritants and reduces chronic absenteeism.   

Oral Health 

The Supporting Student Oral Health webpage outlines steps districts and schools can take to support oral health. This can include implementing an oral health screening program, dental sealant program or school-based dental clinic.  


Schools and districts may use various funding and partnerships to support school health needs.  Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid or Student Wellness and Success Funds may be used for specific initiatives related to student health. ESSER and ARP Funds may also be used to improve student health. 

The Programs and Services to Help Cover Medical Expenses webpage provides information on financial assistance services for hearing aids, vision exams, eyewear and medication assistance programs available for Ohio’s youth. 

Last Modified: 11/30/2023 1:23:53 PM