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St. Louis, MO: Schools partner with health care providers

Aug 24, 2017, St. Louis American: Children’s Hospital nurses now serving four SLPS schools http://www.stlamerican.com/your_health_matters/health_news/children-s-hospital-nurses-now-serving-four-slps-schools/article_8a7d6a42-884d-11e7-bd11-6bb21831c012.html With the new school year in St. Louis Public Schools comes an expanded collaboration between BJC HealthCare, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SLPS through the “Healthy Kids-Healthy Minds” program designed to increase school nurse staffing in the district and provide health care to students, families and faculty. ... “If the teachers have to do more medical stuff, that’s not their field,” Davis said. “They need to do what they are trained to do, which is teaching, and let us help out with any type of medical issues.” Other than a couple of minor cuts and falls, her work as an onsite school nurse has mainly been treating children with asthma…. The nurses will also help manage students’ chronic health care needs that could affect educational achievement, such as diabetes, asthma, life-threatening food allergies and sickle cell disease. Superintendent Kelvin Adams selected the schools to receive the expanded health services, a health model that includes an onsite nurse, and the expertise of a licensed clinical social worker, behavioral health services and a health professional trained in trauma-informed care. A Children’s Hospital mental health care provider will work within each of the schools to consult with staff and parents regarding social, emotional and behavioral needs of students. ...