The unique collaboration with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the Seton Family of Hospitals allows over 41 full- and part-time registered nurses and over 80 full-time school health assistants to care for more than 83,000 students in 130 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.
New this year: Dell Children’s has added more health assistants to increase how much time health care teams spend in schools. This expands the health services in AISD schools beyond what was available in the past.
Also this year, Austin ISD is joining a growing number of schools across the nation embracing virtual care. The goal is to provide the right care at the right place at the right time. Using secure audio and visual technology, a student health assistant connects via web cam and computer to a nurse remotely. This allows for the health assistant and the nurse to collaborate on your child’s care at school.