264295 Power of Data to Support Child Health - Standardized School Health Data Collection

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Kathleen Johnson, MN, RN, NCSN , Community Health Nursing, University of Washington, Everett, WA
Data that is collected in the course of health care delivery has value beyond its function as documentation of care. It must also be used in a meaningful way to support quality care and to improve the overall health of the population in question. When care delivery data is not collected in a manner that supports these functions, it is necessary to devote resources to alternate means of collecting that information, diverting resources from the provision of care. Data on the health and well-being of school-aged children is collected daily in the course of care delivery in school health rooms throughout the nation including data on students with chronic health conditions. If collected in a standardized manner to support aggregation on a broad scale, school health data has the potential to create a nationally standardized child health database. This would support evidence-based practice; care coordination; address child health disparities; promote health and illness prevention; permit interoperability with health systems; support effective policy development; improve coordination of children's health and education services; and increase the visibility of school nursing interventions. This session will describe the outcomes of an analysis of state level school health data collection instruments to identify a baseline standardized data set.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe uses for aggregated school health data Describe the value of standardizing school health variables. Identify five categories of school health variables.

Keywords: School Health, Information Databases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted original research on data collection instruments used by states to describe school health data. I continue this work as Doctor of Nursing Practice student at U.Washington. I am Chair of National Association of School Nurses' Informatics Advisory Committee. and involved in data collection and research related to school health. I authored several peer reviewed journal publications and am a frequent national presenter on school nursing, electronic school health records and school health data.
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.