269286 Healthy Students are Better Learners: School Public Health Nurses use innovation to provide population-based care for school age youth in Minnesota

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Marty Aleman, MAN, PHN , Healthy Communities (Primary Prevention), Olmsted County Public Health Services, Rochester, MN
The number of children that have a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, obesity and mental health has increased dramatically over the past four decades and can have a huge influence in the student's ability to be in school and ready to learn. The school public health nurse serves in a pivotal role to provide expertise to assess the needs of the school age population, assure access to health services, to promote health education and promote policies that promote a healthy learning environment. They serve as a liaison between school personnel, families, and the community to assure a holistic approach which incorporates the physical, emotional, mental and social health needs of the students. In addition, the school public health nurses are able to draw upon other resources within public health (Statewide Health Improvement Plan-SHIP, Coordinated School Health, Communities Putting Prevention to Work-CPPW, Tobacco Prevention programs) to address the broader health issues of this population. With this collaboration, school nutrition policies have been improved, school community gardens/orchards have been started, Safe Routes to School, bike riding curriculum and Active Classroom programs have been initiated.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how school public health nurses provide services at the individual, community and systems level for school age youth. 2. Describe how school public health nurses have worked to improve the health status of school age youth in collaboration with other community partners at the individual, community and systems levels.

Keywords: School-Based Programs, Public Health Nursing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a School Public Health Nurse manager for over 14 years where I have worked collaboratively on school health promotion programs, school health policy development, promoted evidence based school health practice and convened community collaboratives to address needs of school age youth.
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.