Published by the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health in May 2021
This correspondence was recently published by The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health in response to the Viewpoint: Supporting every school to become a foundation for healthy lives, by Prof. Didier Jourdan and colleagues.
The authors welcome the call by Didier Jourdan and colleagues for schools to become a foundation for healthy lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has focused the world’s attention on the institutions that influence health, including schools. The pandemic has exposed and deepened the long-standing and inequitable ways in which wider social conditions can undermine public health. Achieving a healthier and fairer future depends on social determinants that promote the health of all people. Schools and education are intricately linked to health, equity, and life opportunities. They echo the view of Didier Jourdan and colleagues that health professionals have an important role in supporting educational institutions to promote health and in advocating for structural change in the interests of children and adolescents.
 van Schalkwyk, M.C.I., Knai, C., Jackson, N., Maani, N. & Petticrew, M. (2021). Schools for healthy lives, not for corporate interests. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(21)00097-3
 Jourdan, D., Gray, N. J., Barry, M. M., Caffe, S., Cornu, C., Diagne, F., El Hage, F., Farmer, M. Y., Slade, S., Marmot, M., & Sawyer, S. M. (2021). Supporting every school to become a foundation for healthy lives. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30316-3