Health and well-being

Good health is a critical foundation to all mobility outcomes. Healthy families and neighborhoods contribute to positive outcomes at every life stage. Healthy children are more likely to be ready for kindergarten, stay on-track through elementary and middle school, and graduate from high school. And healthy adults are more likely to receive a post-secondary degree and obtain and keep good jobs.

Why are these outcomes important?

Strong and healthy families: A safe and stable home environment creates the foundation for all mobility outcomes. Children who grow up in families with sufficient financial resources, stable housing arrangements, and good physical and mental health are more likely to experience positive economic mobility outcomes at every stage of their lives.

Supportive communities: Neighborhoods influence family well-being, shape social networks, and determine access to economic opportunity. Individuals living in healthy, safe, well-resourced neighborhoods are more likely to experience positive outcomes at every life stage.

Kindergarten readiness: Children who enter kindergarten ready to learn are more likely to achieve positive academic outcomes through elementary and middle school, avoid risky behaviors in adolescence, graduate from high school, and continue on to post-secondary education.

Strong academic and social outcomes by adolescence: Children who read at (or above) grade level by 3rd grade and succeed in middle school math are more likely to graduate from high school, continue on to post-secondary education, and obtain high-quality employment. Developing healthy social-emotional skills and avoiding risky behaviors through middle school are also strong predictors of future success.

High school graduation: High school graduates are more likely to be employed, earn higher wages, experience better health outcomes, and less likely to be incarcerated. High school graduation is also generally a prerequisite for post-secondary education and high quality employment.

Which outcome are you hoping to focus on?

Strong and healthy families

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Community health programs
  • Health systems navigation assistance
  • Substance use prevention programs

Supportive communities

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Community health programs
  • Environmental remediation programs
  • Parks and green space

Kindergarten readiness

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Home visiting programs
  • Nutrition programs
  • School-based health programs

Strong outcomes by adolescence

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Child wellness programs
  • Nutrition programs
  • School-based health programs

High school graduation

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Mentoring, counseling, and case management
  • Nutrition programs
  • Sexual health programs

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