Online Program

Improving school health services: The American Academy of Pediatrics' TEAMS approach

Monday, November 2, 2015

Laura DeStigter, MPH, American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL
Madra Guinn-Jones, MPH, American Acadmey of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL
High-quality school health services programming improves student health, particularly for those with chronic conditions, and supports academic success.  School health services are especially important for students in underserved communities, where poverty and limited access to services adversely affect both health and educational outcomes.   However, many school districts do not have adequate policies, protocols, partnerships, and infrastructure to deliver optimal health services to students.

Through the Enhancing School Health Services through Training, Education, Assistance, Mentorship and Support (TEAMS) project, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided training, resources, and technical assistance to a diverse group of 30 school districts from across the country with the goal of strengthening their school health services.  Participating districts formed three-member teams including a district health services representative, health department partner, and physician partner and engaged in a strategic action planning and implementation process.  As a result of their participation in this project, school districts engaged new stakeholders, provided additional health services, and developed and implemented policies and protocols. 

The session will provide background on the project and explain the TEAMS project framework.  The presentation will highlight success stories, lessons learned, and key strategies for improving school health services.  Attendees will also be introduced to new tools and resources, including the TEAMS School Health Services Improvement Guidebook and the Health services Assessment Tool for Schools.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Chronic disease management and prevention
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Enhancing School Health Services through TEAMS project Identify strategies for improving school health services Explain the benefits of partnering schools with health departments and physicians to improve school health services Access TEAMS resources

Keyword(s): School-Based Health, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Program Manager for a federally-funded cooperative agreement aimed at improving school health services for 3 years. In this position, I have worked with 30 school districts to improve their health services through a team-based, strategic action planning and implementation process.
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.