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The Ruth and Norman Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education is redesigning school-based health programs to improve the health and thus the academic achievements and lifelong prospects for youth in economically disadvantaged communities.

The Rales Center | Helping Children Reach Their Full Potential

One quarter of public schools in the United States do not have access to a school nurse, and fewer then half of public schools have a full-time school nurse. The Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education is fundamentally redesigning school-based health programs to improve health and lifelong prospects for youth in low income communities.


Established in 2014 as a program of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the Rales Center aims to be a national leader in — and an advocate for — children’s health and health care that is anchored in schools. With the help of the Rales Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has launched a new child health enterprise, the first fully integrated school-based health center in the United States, called READY (Rales Educational and Health Advancement of Youth). In concert with school educators, Johns Hopkins faculty and staff are developing an innovative model that breaks down historical silos between educational and health-related activities. Weaving comprehensive health services and wellness programming into the school environment will help children thrive and achieve academic success.

READY offers a fundamentally new way of viewing primary care.  Here health — including mental health and oral health — services, wellness programming and prevention, health education and healthy behavior are delivered in the school setting in partnership with teachers, administrators and parents.

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