Given that children spend so much of their time in school, it is essential that health and educational systems collaborate to improve efficiency and create the policies and practices. We envision a school-friendly healthcare system designed to ensure all children reach optimal health and achieve their full academic potential. In 2017, Children’s National launched a School Health Collaborative to provide a forum for Children National’s staff to learn about regional school-based efforts and identify areas for collaboration and strategic growth.
- Communication: We strive for communication and data-sharing between schools and the health system in order to improve individual and population health in schools
- Coordination: We align our school-based work with community needs and educational system goals in order to improve population health in schools through policy, advocacy, and evidence-based frameworks.
- Education: We educate our health care system on academic issues and we educate the school system on child health issues.
- Data-Driven: We use program evaluation and community wide data to guide all aspects of our work and to identify gaps and needs
Children's National School-Based Programs
For more than two decades, Children’s National has served the school system through providing more than two dozen school-based programs (PDF) including oral health, mental health, reproductive health and school nursing) and recently administering 20 School-Based Health Centers in three public school jurisdictions. In 2017, the CHAI School Health Team compiled a compendium of 29 current and prior school-based health programs and related efforts led by 20 of Children's National divisions/departments since 1997. The report includes an overview of the current school environment and Children's National school-based program profiles.