Care Connection School-Based Health Services :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Care Connection (School-Based Health Services)

Care Connection is a partnership between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and area schools that provides additional access to pediatric health care at your child’s school.

In partnership with the school and your child’s pediatrician or family doctor, the health services offered provide quality physical and mental health care in a friendly, familiar school setting. Appointments are available during school hours and, at some sites, before and after school.

The services provided are not meant to replace your pediatrician or family doctor. When your child has any medical need, your first call should always be to your children’s pediatrician or family doctor who knows your child best.


Services Available 

Primary Care

Services offered by Care Connection providers include:
  • Sick appointments
  • Immunizations
  • Physical exams
  • Comprehensive sports physicals
  • Asthma Therapy
  • Drug, alcohol, tobacco, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases education and testing 

Behavioral and Mental Health

Services offered by Care Connection licensed mental health professionals include:
  • Individual therapy
    • Usually takes place at school but can also happen in the community or in your home
    • Is a partnership with the parent/guardian
    • Involves meeting with your child one to two times per week
  • Group Therapy
    • Is provided in the school to students who have similar issues and will benefit from learning from each other and practicing skills in a group setting
    • Lasts 6-12 weeks, 1-2 times per week
  • School-wide prevention programs for students and teachers, including
    • Signs of Suicide – (For middle schools and high schools) A nationally recognized suicide prevention program that decreases suicide attempts by students through education.
    • PAX Good Behavior Game – (For elementary schools) This program improves the ways students manage their emotions, behavior and relationships.

School Locations and Services

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Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services

Any Columbus City School student is welcome to visit a Care Connection school-based clinic for an appointment, even if they are not a student at that school. Please note: Behavioral Health has additional availability outside these hours. 

  • Buckeye Middle School: Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls: Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Cristo Rey Columbus High School: Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • East High School: Mondays, Tuesdays: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • KIPP Columbus: Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Linden McKinley High School: Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Livingston Elementary School: Mondays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Marion Franklin High School: Wednesdays, Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Moler Elementary: Mondays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Northland High School: Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Ohio Avenue Elementary School: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • South High School: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • West High School: Thursdays, Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Behavioral Health Services 

  • Africentric K-12
  • Briggs High School
  • Broadleigh Elementary School
  • Centennial High School 
  • Champion Middle School
  • Fairwood Elementary School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Hilltonia Middle School
  • Independence High School
  • Johnson Park Middle School
  • Linden STEM K-6
  • Medina Middle School
  • Mifflin High School
  • Mifflin Middle School 
  • Parsons Elementary School
  • Siebert Elementary School
  • Southwood Elementary School
  • Starling K-8
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Wedgewood Middle School
  • Westmoor Middle School 
  • Whetstone High School
  • Woodward Park Middle School
  • Yorktown Middle School

School-Based Asthma Therapy

To refer a student, download and fax the referral form:

Mobile Care Center

Our Mobile Care Center visits a number of schools in the central Ohio region. Please contact your school to schedule an appointment.

  • Columbus City Schools - Any Columbus City School student is welcome to visit a Care Connection school-based clinic for an appointment, even if they are not a student at that school.
  • A+ Arts Academy
  • Columbus Arts & Technology Academy
  • Columbus City Schools
  • East Bridge Academy
  • Huntington Local Schools
  • Southwestern City School District
  • Wellston City Schools

 



Information for Parents

Locations

The services provided are not meant to replace your pediatrician or family doctor. When your child has any medical need, your first call should always be to your children’s pediatrician or family doctor who knows your child best.

Click here to view a list of current locations and services available at each school.

Scheduling an Appointment

For health care services in a school-based clinic, please call (614) 355-2590 or contact your school nurse. Appointments are preferred, but not necessary.

For Mobile Care Center appointments, please contact your school or school nurse.

For behavioral and mental health services, please contact the school counselor or school social worker, or call Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Intake Department at (614) 355-8080.

Parent Attendance

Parents/guardians are welcome to come to an appointment, but it is not required. The Care Connection providers can see your child as long as you have provided consent.

When your child sees the nurse practitioner, Care Connection staff will attempt to reach you by calling the number provided on the consent form. Additionally, a document called an After Visit Summary (AVS) will be sent home with your child. The AVS will describe the services provided and any recommended follow up, if needed.

The mental health clinicians encourage family involvement. The clinician will schedule family sessions and/or phone calls with parents/ guardians to provide updates on progress and to seek input on treatment decisions.

Consent Forms

The child’s parent/guardian must provide consent for their child to be seen by the provider.

*Columbus City Schools students should use the Columbus City Schools consent form for school-based clinics and the Mobile Care Center.

Financial Assistance

Information for School Personnel

Benefits of School-Based Services

Healthy students are better learners. When students are healthy, they miss less school due to illness and doctor’s appointments and can concentrate on learning. According to data from by the School-Based Health Alliance, school-based health centers:

  • help students do better in school
  • increase high school graduation rates
  • decrease school discipline cases
In partnership with your school, Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides school-based health care at area schools through Care Connection. Nationwide Children’s providers give care through onsite clinics or through the mobile care center to help your students stay healthy so they can succeed in school.

 

Connecting to the Child’s Medical Home

If a student visits Care Connection, a summary of services provided and recommendations for follow up (if needed) will be sent home with the student and will also be sent to the student’s pediatrician or family doctor. If the student does not have a pediatrician or family doctor, they will be connected to one.

Referrals

To refer a student, refer them to your school nurse, guidance counselor or social worker.

Request Mobile Care Center

To request the Mobile Care Center at your school, contact Tifini Ray at (614) 203-2372.

Consent Forms

The child’s parent/guardian must provide consent for their child to be seen by the provider.

*Columbus City Schools students should use the Columbus City Schools consent form for school-based clinics and the Mobile Care Center.

Financial Assistance

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Care Connection Related Programs and Services

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