School-based health care and educational achievement: Evaluating the Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative

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Child and Youth Health

The Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative is an innovative program to bring developmental and mental-health care to over 50 inner-city schools in Toronto. Developed in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, it’s the first program of its kind in Canada.

About the Study

We are examining the impact of school-based developmental and mental-health care on educational achievement, as defined by standardized test scores and report cards. This randomized controlled trial will track outcomes for two groups of children with developmental concerns: those who receive care through the Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative, and those who do not.

The results will help us better understand the potential of school-based programs such as the Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative for improving outcomes for children in under-served communities across Canada.

Access to Health Care

Child and Youth Health

Dr. Sloane Freeman

A pediatrician in St. Michael's Hospital’s Inner City Health Program, Dr. Sloane Freeman has dedicated her career to groundbreaking work and research bringing school-based health care to under-served communities.

Investigators

  • Dr. Justine Cohen-Silver (St. Michael's Hospital)
  • Dr. Peter Jüni (St. Michael's Hospital)
  • Dr. Kevin Thorpe (St. Michael's Hospital)

Staff

  • Tamlyn Freedman
  • Shajitha Rasiah

Funders

  • St. Michaels Hospital Foundation

Collaborators

  • Toronto District School Board

Contact Info

Dr. Sloane Freeman

Principal Investigator