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Reframing School Dropout as a Public Health Issue

In this article, we summarize knowledge on the health benefits of high school graduation and discuss the pathways by which graduating from high school contributes to good health. We examine strategies for reducing school dropout rates with a focus on interventions that improve school completion rates by improving students’ health. Finally, we recommend actions health professionals can take to reframe the school dropout rate as a public health issue and to improve school completion rates in the United States.

Publication Date: October 2007
Target Audience: Policy maker
Grade Level: High school
Classification: Informational
Root Cause: School Environment
Source: Preventing Chronic Disease
Authors: Nicholas Freudenberg, Jessica Ruglis