School Health Program

Healthy, Safe and Ready to Learn

Objective

To improve educational outcomes by reducing student absenteeism through nursing resources that manage acute illness, injury and chronic health conditions. Short- and medium-term goals target chronic absenteeism and reading readiness. Long-term goals include improving rates of graduation, workplace readiness and college entry.

Program Service Model

Registered nurses educate and train school personnel (building support staff, paraprofessionals, teachers, administrators, etc.) who provide daily direct services to students. Dependent upon location and need, consultative access to an RN may occur on-site, by phone and/or through virtual connectivity (Spectrum Health MedNowSM). There is a direct care service model that can be put in place, if fully funded by the school district.

Virtual Support for Students at School

When a student gets sick, is injured or has chronic health care needs at school, it can be stressful, especially if medical treatment is not directly available. With the school health program and use of Spectrum Health MedNow technology, the student can be seen by an RN via video visit for rashes, minor injuries or even the flu.

Impact

  • Provide access to nearly 30,000 students in West Michigan
  • Fiscal year 2017 included 2,710 interactions between health providers, students and staff

Contact Us

Spectrum Health School Health Program
665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 110
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.391.3309