259050 Improving school health services in Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Teresa DuChateau, DNP, RN, CPNP , Wisconsin Public Health Association, Kimberly, WI
Sarah J. Beversdorf, MPH/MSW , Wisconsin Public Health Association, Kimberly, WI
Marie Wolff, PhD , Medical College of Wisconsin, Center for Healthy Communities and Research, Milwaukee, WI
Our children need quality school health services; however quality indicators are lacking to assess school health services. This study was conducted to (a) develop a school health services assessment tool and (b) with that tool, assess indicators in Wisconsin. Development of the tool included: environmental scan, web-based searches, statute review, national standards review, advisory committee input and piloting. Assessment of Wisconsin school health services included: data collection from up to 426 school districts using an electronically-disseminated survey. Results are pending (available Spring 2012), and will include level of adherence to state statutes, national standards, and evidence-based practices in the areas of policy and procedure (e.g., communicable diseases, pupil records) and services (e.g., medication administration, health education curriculum). Identified gaps (statewide) will then be addressed through the development of resources and tools, which will improve the infrastructure and delivery of health services thus taking steps to improve school health services across Wisconsin. In addition, the collective results of the assessment can be used to: demonstrate the need for changes in school health services; support policy changes to improve school health services; benchmark changes in school health services over time; challenge schools to undergo quality improvement initiatives; demonstrate the significant role that school nurses and others play in supporting child health. In addition, this tool can be a template for other states and school districts. The school health services assessment tool and the statewide assessment results are another step in improving school health services and, ultimately, supporting the well-being of children.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe steps in the development of the Wisconsin School Health Assessment Tool. Articulate Wisconsinís school health servicesí most significant strengths and opportunities for improvement. Formulate ideas on how the tool can be adapted for use in other states. Describe practical opportunities for application of results.

Keywords: Assessments, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an DNP prepared nurse practitioner who is the lead coordinator of the Wisconsin School Health Services Assessment Tool and Related Resources Project with the Wisconsin Public Health Association. I am responsible for the development and implementation of the assessment tool. I have presented at regional and national public and child health conferences.
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.