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April 7th, 2018

The Cost Benefit of Comprehensive Primary and Preventive School-Based Health Care

In an article published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, William V. Padula, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, and members of the Rales Center team, analyzed the costs and benefits of the Rales Health Center enhanced staffing model compared with a traditional school-based health center (standard care), focusing on asthma care, which is among the most prevalent chronic conditions of childhood. The authors compared staffing costs to the monetized social benefit associated with averted hospital care and student absenteeism attributable to the RHC. The article demonstrated a substantial social return of $4.20 in social benefits for every dollar invested. The authors concluded that, if applied city wide, city residents would gain $233 each in net social benefits.

To read the full article, visit the American Journal of Preventive Medicine website HERE

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