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Press Release

States Take Measures to Ensure Students’ Access to Menstrual Products in Schools

New NASBE analysis highlights how states have increasingly opted to combat “period poverty.”

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Policy Update

States Address Access to Menstrual Products in Schools

States such as Georgia, New York, Utah, and others have increasingly opted to combat “period poverty" by expanding access to free menstrual products in schools.

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State Efforts to Address Substance Abuse

While prevalence of reported substance abuse was lower since before the onset of the pandemic, youth substance abuse remains an important health concern, according to a NASBE analysis. For instance, overdose mortality rates among adolescents spiked during the pandemic, rising by 94 percent in 2020, largely due to illicit fentanyl. State health and education leaders […]

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Building Bridges for Student Mental Health

Building Bridges for Student Mental Health is a joint initiative of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) with the goal of establishing and enhancing productive, collaborative, and trustworthy relationships between state education leaders, medical experts, and families to improve student mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Healthy School Facilities Network

The National Association of State Boards of Education has created the Healthy School Facilities Network (HSFN) to build and enhance the capacity of states to provide healthy school facilities. A 2021 NASBE landscape analysis of state-level programs for testing lead in school drinking water found states encounter challenges in the areas of outreach and coordination, transparent communication, […]

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Press Release

States Ramp Up Efforts to Combat Student Substance Abuse

Added concerns about the pandemic’s impact on youth mental and physical health and recent spikes in adolescent mortality rates due to illicit fentanyl use have spurred some states to reexamine how they approach substance abuse education and prevention in schools, according to a new NASBE policy update.

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Policy Update

Supporting School Efforts to Combat Substance Abuse

Mortality rates from overdose in adolescents rose by 94 percent in 2020, largely due to illicit fentanyl.

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Press Release

States Can Do More to Leverage Federal Funding to Support School Based Health Services

NASBE analysis finds school-based health services are a powerful, yet underused strategy to expand equitable healthcare to students.

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Policy Update

Enhancing School-Based Health Services

School-based health services (SBHS) are a powerful, yet underused strategy to expand equitable healthcare to students.

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