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, area schools and your child’s doctor to provide additional access to health care at your child’s school. 
 
Care Connection programs include:

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 pediatrician. If your child does not have a pediatrician or family doctor, we will connect you to one.


School Health Clinics

Nationwide Children’s has health clinics in select central Ohio schools. This program is in partnership with your child’s doctor.

How does it work?

  • You can call (614) 355-2590 or contact your school nurse to make an appointment.
  • The child’s parent/guardian must provide consent for their child to be seen by the provider. Consent forms are available at school. They are also available for download on this page. 
  • Appointments are available during school hours and, at some sites, before and after school. Walk-in appointments may be available. Parents/guardians are always welcome, but don’t need to be at the appointment. We’ll talk to you over the phone after the visit.
  • We will give your child a paper that explains what happened during the visit with any needed medication or follow up.
    Services

We can:

  • Help when your child has a sore throat, bad cough, earache, headache
  • Give shots
  • Do blood work
  • Perform checkups
  • Send medication to the pharmacy
  • Provide sports physicals
  • Treat asthma
  • Help with work permit physicals
  • Treat anxiety, depression and ADHD
  • Test for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections
  • Provide education on birth control
  • Connect you with a doctor
  • And more

Locations

Please click here for a list of locations.

Behavioral Health Counseling Services

Licensed mental health professionals can provide counseling and prevention services to help your child. They assist children to overcome life’s problems, feel better, manage their relationships with others and improve how they do in school.

How does it work?

  • School staff will contact the parent/guardian to ask their approval to refer the child to counseling services.
  • Nationwide Children’s staff will contact parents/guardians to complete the intake process and link them with the service the child needs.

Services 

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 children 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

  • At elementary and high schools

Locations

Click here to view locations.

Schedule an Appointment

Contact Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Intake Department at (614) 355-8080 or contact your school counselor or school social worker to schedule an appointment.

School-Based Asthma Therapy

Nationwide Children’s School-Based Asthma Therapy (SBAT) Program is a link between the school and your child’s asthma care provider. Through the program, a child with high-risk asthma can get his or her medicine to prevent asthma right at school. While we want to keep your child’s overall asthma care with their provider, we also want to make sure he or she is getting their medicine each day. Working with community partners, such as the school nurse, to help children get their medicine makes this possible.

What does the SBAT team do?

  • Delivers asthma controller medicine and orders to school
  • Talks with your child’s asthma care provider
  • Talks with your child’s school nurse
  • Follows-up with parent/guardian regarding child’s asthma

What does the school nurse do?

  • Gives the asthma controller medicine to your child each day
  • Monitors your child’s symptoms and shares how your child is doing with the SBAT team.

With the help of the school nurse, patients in the SBAT program have shown decreased symptoms and fewer visits to the hospital.

What is your role as a parent/guardian?

  • Give the asthma controller medicine during non-school times, such as:
    • Evenings
    • Weekends
    • Non-school days
  • Request refills of asthma controller medicine.
  • To do so:
    • Call the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Orange Pharmacy:
  1. Dial (614) 722-2160.
  2. Press ‘1’ for refills.
  3. Then press ‘1’ for the Outpatient Pharmacy.
  4. When asked, enter prescription number (found on inhaler label), followed by #.
  5. The refill will then be mailed to your home.
  • All other asthma medicines will continue to be filled at your local preferred pharmacy.
  • Schedule and attend asthma follow-up appointments for your child.
  • Know your child’s Asthma Action Plan.

Refer a Student 

Speak with your school nurse to see if this program is available at your child’s school or call (614) 355-5495. Students can be referred by school staff or your child’s doctor (primary care physicians, asthma specialists or any other care providers the child may see). Our goal is to enroll students with uncontrolled asthma that may need help with medication routines. We prefer, but it is not required, that the parent or guardian knows about the referral to SBAT.

School nurses: Download a referral form

Physicians: Download a referral form  

What to Expect

When a child is enrolled in the SBAT program, you can expect: 

  • Asthma controller medication at school
  • Medication orders provided by SBAT team
  • Frequent follow-up from SBAT team
  • SBAT educational teaching for staff and parents

Mobile Care Center

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Mobile Care Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile© (in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities©) visits schools to make it easier for children and families to receive health care by having medical equipment and health care providers on board.

How does it work?

  • Contact your child’s school front office or school nurse for the next date of available services.
  • The child’s parent/guardian must provide consent for their child to be seen by the provider. Consent forms are available at your child’s school.
  • Parents are always welcome, but don’t need to be at the appointment. We’ll talk to you over the phone after the visit.
  • We will give your child a paper that explains what happened during the visit with any needed medication or follow up.

Services

We can:

  • Help when your child has a sore throat, bad cough, earache, headache
  • Give shots
  • Do blood work
  • Perform checkups
  • Send medication to the pharmacy
  • Provide sports physicals
  • Treat asthma
  • Help with work permit physicals
  • Test for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections
  • Provide education on birth control
  • And more

Locations

Our Mobile Care Center visits a number of schools in the central Ohio region. Please contact your school to schedule an appointment. If you are a school that is interested in scheduling a Mobile Care Center visit for your students, contact Tifini Ray at (614) 203-2372.

Wheelchair Clinic

In partnership with an area school committed to caring for students with medical complexities, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Nationwide Children's brings a team of professionals to the school twice a year to offer specialized services for students with mobility challenges.

For more information, contact Matt Moore at Matt.Moore@NationwideChildrens.org or (614) 722-5810.

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School Health Clinic Locations

Please note: Behavioral Health has additional availability outside these hours. 

  • Buckeye Middle School: Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    2950 S. Parsons Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43207
  • Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls: Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    3450 Medway Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43213
  • Cristo Rey Columbus High School: Call for hours.
    400 E. Town St.
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • East High School: Mondays, Tuesdays: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    1500 E. Broad St.
    Columbus, OH 43205
  • KIPP Columbus: Mondays, Tuesdays, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    2900 Inspire Dr.
    Columbus, OH 43224
  • Linden McKinley High School: Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    1320 Duxberry Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43211
  • Livingston Elementary School: Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    825 E. Livingston Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43205
  • Marion Franklin High School: Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    1265 Koebel Road
    Columbus, OH 43207
  • Moler Elementary: Mondays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    1201 Moler Road
    Columbus, OH 43207
  • Northland High School: Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    1919 Northcliff Dr.
    Columbus, OH 43229
  • Ohio Avenue Elementary School: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    505 S. Ohio Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43205
  • South High School: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    1160 Ann St.
    Columbus, OH 43206
  • West High School: Thursdays, Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    179 S. Powell Ave.
    Columbus, 43204

Behavioral Health Counseling Locations 

  • Africentric K-12
    3223 Alleghaney Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43209
  • Bexley Middle School
    250 Cassingham Road
    Columbus, OH 43209
  • Bexley High School
    250 Cassingham Road
    Columbus, OH 43209
  • Briggs High School
    2555 Briggs Road
    Columbus, OH 43223
  • Broadleigh Elementary School
    3039 Maryland Ave. Columbus, OH 43209
  • Cassingham Elementary School
    250 Cassingham Road
    Columbus, OH 43209
  • Centennial High School 
    1441 Bethel Road
    Columbus, OH 43220
  • Champion Middle School
    284 N. 22nd
    Columbus, OH 43203
  • Fairwood Elementary School
    726 Fairwood Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43205
  • Hamilton Stem Elementary School
    2047 Hamilton
    Columbus, Ohio 43211
  • Highland Elementary School
    40 S. Highland Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43223
  • Hilltonia Middle School
    2345 W. Mound St.
    Columbus, OH 43204
  • Independence High School
    5175 E. Refugee Road
    Columbus, OH 43232
  • Indian Trails
    6767 Gender Road
    Canal Winchester, OH 43110
  • John Burroughs Elementary School
    551 S. Richardson Ave
    Columbus, OH 43204
  • Johnson Park Middle School
    1130 South Waverly St.
    Columbus, OH 43227
  • Linden STEM K-6
    2626 Cleveland Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43211
  • Maryland Avenue Elementary School
    2754 Maryland Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43209
  • Medina Middle School
    1425 Huy Road
    Columbus, OH 43224
  • Mifflin High School
    3245 Oak Spring St.
    Columbus, OH 43219
  • Mifflin Middle School 
    3000 Agler Road
    Columbus, OH 43219
  • Montrose Elementary School
    2555 E. Main St.
    Columbus, OH 43209
  • Parsons Elementary School
    3231 Lee Ellen Place
    Columbus, OH 43207
  • Southwood Elementary School
    1500 South Fourth St.
    Columbus, OH 43207
  • Starling K-8
    145 S. Central Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43222
  • Watkins Elementary School
    1520 Watkins Road
    Columbus, OH 43207
  • Wedgewood Middle School
    3800 Briggs Road
    Columbus, OH 43228
  • Westmoor Middle School 
    3001 Valleyview Dr.
    Columbus, OH 43204
  • Whetstone High School
    4405 Scenic Dr.
    Columbus, OH 43214
  • Windsor STEM Elementary
    1219 E. 12th
    Columbus, OH 43211
  • Winchester Trails
    6865 Gender Road
    Canal Winchester, OH 43110
  • Woodward Park Middle School
    5151 Karl Road
    Columbus, OH 43229
  • Yorktown Middle School
    5600 E. Livingston Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43232

Mobile Care Center Locations

If you are a school that is interested in scheduling a Mobile Care Center visit for your students, contact Tifini Ray at (614) 203-2372.

  • Columbus City Schools
  • A+ Arts Academy
  • Columbus Arts & Technology Academy
  • East Bridge Academy
  • Huntington Local Schools
  • Southwestern City School District
  • Wellston City Schools
  • And other school locations


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

Make a Care Connection Appointment

Care Connection Related Programs and Services

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