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A New Model

Established as a program of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Ruth and Norman Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education will be a national leader in — and an advocate for — children’s health and health care that is anchored in the context of their schools. It offers a fundamentally new way of viewing primary care, wherein health and psychosocial care are embedded in children’s lives, alongside their academic learning.

The models it develops and demonstrates will tailor health care to the needs of urban children in low income communities, and will encompass basic health (including oral and mental health) services, prevention, and health education and healthy behaviors.

The Rales Center will develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate its new approach to children’s health, showing how health and education can advance hand in hand within the school environment. As it demonstrates this approach in Baltimore, the Rales Center will build a foundation of good physical and mental health for vulnerable children in our community – a foundation that supports healthy behaviors and bolsters academic and other sorts of performance throughout childhood and into adulthood.

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