After-School Programs – Proposition 49

At a Glance:

Location: California

Date: 2003

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Lifelong Learning

Determinants of Health: substance use, neighborhood safety, nutrition, education, physical activity, education

Affected Population: Children and Youth, People Living in Poverty

Research Methods: Qualitative research, Literature review, Quantitative research, stakeholder_interviews, Other

Community Types: urban, suburban, rural

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The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Project, a joint endeavor of the Partnership for Prevention and the UCLA School of Public Health, conducted this HIA on a state legislative proposal to expand funding for after-school programs. The HIA found several potential health benefits that could occur through improving educational outcomes; through reductions in violence and injury risk because youth would be in a safer, more controlled environment after school; and reductions in certain health risks, such as drug and alcohol use, if the curricula in these programs included health education topics. The HIA concluded, however, that the potential benefits of the bill would be much greater if it targeted high-risk youth.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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