(From the June 2016 Issue of MedStat)
More than 60 percent of teens in Franklin County do not receive an annual well-child check; many of these children attend Columbus City Schools. To help address this need, Nationwide Children’s developed Care Connection, a school-based health service providing select primary care, school-based asthma therapy and behavioral health services to Columbus City Schools with the highest need. Care Connection creates an access point to establish or re-connect children to their medical home. Since November 2015, 181 unique patients have been seen by the primary care team and the behavioral health clinicians have provided care in 36 school buildings. The School-Based Asthma Therapy program is supporting students in more than 100 schools.
When a child visits a Care Connection nurse practitioner, a summary of services provided and recommendations for follow up (if needed) is sent home with the child and to the child’s pediatrician or family doctor. Behavioral health clinicians maintain regular communication with parents, school personnel and medical team members to ensure continuity of care. With School-Based Asthma Therapy, the program acts as a liaison between the school and health care provider to design a program for students with high-risk asthma to receive his/her asthma medication at school. For the next school year, Care Connection will continue to meet the needs of the underserved and expand services to the West side and Linden areas of Columbus City Schools.
For questions about Care Connection, contact Mary Kay Irwin, EdD, Director of School Health Services, at MaryKay.Irwin@NationwideChildrens.org.