264154 Students Are Healthy, Well, and Ready to Learn In Palm Beach County Schools

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Ronald Wiewora, MD, MPH , Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Palm Springs, FL
Background: The Health Care District provides Registered Nurses in 198 Palm Beach County schools to maintain health and wellness within the student population through primary secondary and tertiary prevention. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to demonstrate how nursing interventions improve student attendance while keeping children in the classroom ready to learn. Significance: Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood and adolescence by promoting a healthy lifestyle can assist in the establishment of lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Findings: Children with Asthma, Allergies, Diabetes, and Vision and Hearing disorders responded positively to school based treatment and interventions. Conclusions and Recommendations: Asthma and Diabetes require consistent monitoring in the school setting to enable students to succeed within the academic environment. The same applies to students with visual and hearing disorders that become marginalized without early diagnosis, treatment and intervention Title: School nursing interventions improve health outcomes and encourage patterns of health and wellbeing across the lifespan. Program: School Health and Education Services Submitter's E-mail address: rwiewora@hcdpbc.org; ahedges@hcdpbc.org Preferred Presentation: Oral Only Learning Objectives: Demonstrate how nursing interventions provided by school nurses improve health outcomes. Explain how interventions and treatments teach students the necessary tools to remain healthy, well and prepared for a healthier future.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate that school nursing interventions improve child health outcomes 2. Explain how interventions and treatments teach students the necessary tools to remain healthy, well and prepared for a healthier future.

Keywords: Disease Management, Intervention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a physician and have a masters in public health. As the CEO of the Palm Beach County Health District, I am responsible for the School Health Program for Palm Beach County Schools. With our partners, the School Health Program of Palm Beach County coordinates health services, nutrition, Dental health and environmental health to ensure students are ready to learn. I have presented at state and national professional 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.