The unique collaboration with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the Seton Family of Hospitals allows over 75 full- and part-time registered nurses and over 65 full-time school health assistants to care for more than 84,000 students in 128 schools. This model program, the first of its kind in the United States, has been nationally recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. View the summary of services provided by Student Health Services.
The Health Team
A team of a registered nurse and a school health assistant work together to provide health services to students in the schools. Although the registered nurse and school health assistant are not on campus at all times when school is in session, the registered nurse supervises the school health assistant and trains campus staff for services needed on each campus.
The registered nurse works closely with families and healthcare providers of children with special healthcare needs (like diabetes, asthma, cystic fibrosis, seizure disorders, cancer and cardiac issues) in order to provide the healthcare necessary to keep the student safe while at school.
The health team also works diligently to connect children and families with little or no health insurance to needed services that are available in the community.
One example of a community partnership that helps the students is the collaboration with St. David’s Community Health Foundation and the City of Austin. This collaboration provides needed dental care, both acute and preventative, to many AISD students at their schools.
Another example of a community partnership is the Children’s Health Express. Children’s Health Express is a mobile healthcare van that travels to schools to provide primary care to students with little or no health insurance. Families who need assistance applying for health insurance coverage can find help through Insure-A-Kid.