203808 School Health Data: The Missing Link

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:45 PM

Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS RN NCSN FNASN FASHA , Director of Research, National Association of School Nurses, Silver Spring, MD
The social and health determinants of student achievement are the missing link in school data systems. A huge knowledge gap exists of the types and frequency of school health services and their impact on child health and education. Most state and national education data sets omit school health provider intensity, credentials, and non-reimbursable care provided in schools. A few well-funded states collect comprehensive statewide school health data, but findings cannot be generalized to states without school nursing services. State and local public health systems depend on school health services to fulfill their health promotion and illness prevention mission. School health state and national data provide evidence for investing health care dollars toward school health services to achieve national goals.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the presence of school health services data in national data sets 2. Discuss the need for school health services data in national data sets 3. Explain the reason for the limited school health services data 4. Identify efforts to increase the collection of school health services data at the national level

Keywords: School Health, Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Director of Research at National Association of School Nurses and formerly certified in nursing informatics
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.