Care Connection

Health Care - Right at School

Connecting Kids to Health Care

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School-Based Health Services (Care Connection)

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.

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. 

To Schedule Pediatric Services: Call (614) 355-2590 or contact your school nurse.

To Schedule Mental Health Services: Contact the school counselor or school social worker, or call (614) 355-2590.

To Learn About COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at Schools: Information about school-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics is available in the "Clinics" tab below.

Fall Clinic Hours and Appointments

We are currently offering school-based health services at several locations. We offer virtual behavioral health groups and telehealth services.   

School Health Clinics

School-based health services are available at the locations below. Walk-ins welcome. To schedule an appointment, call (614) 355-2590.

Columbus City Schools

  • Buckeye Middle School: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls: Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • East High School: Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • KIPP Columbus: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Linden McKinley High School: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Livingston Elementary School: Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Marion Franklin High School: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Moler Elementary School: Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Northland High School: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ohio Avenue Elementary School: Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • South High School: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • West High School: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reynoldsburg City Schools

  • Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Additional Clinic Locations

  • Mobile Care Center: Call (614) 355-2590 for locations. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is partnering with participating Central Ohio high schools to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to students age 12 and older. Appointments are available at a school near you.

Click the link below to view a list of locations and schedule an appointment. 

View Locations and Schedule

Behavioral Health Counseling Services

Our School-Based Behavioral Health provides support through virtual groups and telehealth services. These virtual groups and telehealth visits allow you and your child to remain at home and receive the care you need. Connect with your provider from your phone or a computer.

Please call (614) 355-2590 to schedule an appointment.

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.

We can:

  • Help when your child has a sore throat, bad cough, earache, headache
  • Give shots
  • Do blood work
  • Perform checkups
  • Provide dental care*
  • Send medication to the pharmacy
  • Provide sports physicals
  • Provide services for sports-related injuries*
  • Treat asthma*
  • Treat diabetes*
  • 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 and availability for these services may vary. Learn more about these services in the “Specialized Services” tab on this page.

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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

Schedule an Appointment

Contact us at (614) 355-2590 or contact your school counselor or school social worker to schedule an appointment.

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Specialized Clinics and Services

Locations and availability for these services may vary. If you have any questions about services offered at your school, please call (614) 355-2590 or contact your school nurse. 

  • 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. 
  • Dental Care: Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers school-based dental services for school-age children. Our services help to make sure students’ teeth stay healthy and strong.
  • Diabetes and School Health Program: The Diabetes and School Health (DASH) Program is an enhanced care-coordination program that works to provide the best diabetes care through direct oversight, education and support. We work with schools to provide additional access and care for students with Type 1 diabetes.
  • Mobile Care Center: The Nationwide Children’s Mobile Care Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile© (in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities©) bring health care to your neighborhood. We have medical equipment and health care providers on board, making it easier for your child to receive care close to school or home.
  • Sports Medicine: The Sports Medicine experts at Nationwide Children’s provide services for sports-related injuries. Sports Medicine services are currently offered at Reynoldsburg's Livingston Campus location.
  • 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.

For Parents

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

Do you have insurance?

Just like a doctor’s office, we accept Medicaid and other insurance.

No insurance?

We will help you with:

  • Financial assistance
  • Getting back on insurance

No child will be denied care due to inability to pay for services.

For more information, call the Care Connection staff at your child’s school, contact Financial Services at (614) 722-2070 or access Financial Services.

For behavioral health financial information, call (614) 355-8004 or access Financial Services.