Online Program

A Communiy Partnership That Provides A Safty Net for School Children

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Regina Hutchins, PhD, BSN, RN, Public Health Administration - Quality Improvement and Management, Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati, OH
This case study used interviews and program documents to gain insight into how a local health district school health program (SHP) partnered with a largest urban school district to develop an innovative comprehensive school based health center (SBHC) program.  In 2010, the health district was forced to redesign its financially threatened SHP. Using Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding, the health district redesigned its traditional school nurse program to the SBHC model. Since 2012, it increased from 3 to 10 SBHC sites.  Because of success with achieving notable health outcomes in preventive care, additional partnerships were added.  The partnerships include other health service provider such as complete dental and vision care. Through these innovative partnerships, the SHP and the school district were able to provide desired safety net health services to its most vulnerable students and were able to save the program.   Reported outcomes include: increases in school district immunization compliance, medical referral completion, students that receive recommended preventive physical exams and other health screenings, better management of students with asthma, diabetes, and behavioral/mental health conditions. The administrators report that by using ACA funding and partnering to develop better program. This case is an example of a positive social change. The implications are that it illuminates the benefits and power of partnerships.  This SBHCs program partnership has enhance access to preventive health care for school children and it could influence the development of new partnerships, funding, reimbursement, restructuring or replication of the program, and more research on the subject.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how partnerships can increase desired outcomes and leverage resources. Explain why partnerships can increase program sustainability. Describe how one health and school district successfully partnered the develop several SBHC sites.

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I had over 13 years public health experience with the program. In completed a qualitative case study for my public health PhD dissertation on this case and I continue to monitor the development program through new partnerships. In my quality Improvement position, I monitor and evaluate the program process and outcomes. I have5 years experience in quality improvement and management.
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.