The School Health Task Team was assembled in March 2013 to review current school health services and prescribe an operations plan for FY14. A collaborative process was necessary to ensure a plan which addresses the complex nature of school health. The Task Team members consisted of school health nurses, Mecklenburg County Health Department (MCHD) staff, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) staff, parents and medical professionals.
The Task Team was created to ensure an inclusive and thorough approach to school health. The school health program was previously part of the contract with Carolinas HealthCare System. As of July 1, 2013, the Mecklenburg County Health Department will be responsible for the school health program for the 157 schools within in CMS. There are currently 117 school nurses to serve all the CMS schools. Historically, school health has been challenged with meeting increasing demands for complex medical needs with limited financial and personnel resources. This challenge is not unique to Mecklenburg County.
Recommended Strategies for FY 14
The Task Team developed strategies to drive decisions on priorities, resources, and services. The strategies represent business operations needs cited by stakeholders and agreed upon by the Team.
Strategy 1: Attain optimal staffing levels to ensure quality school health services in all schools.
Strategy 2: Build community awareness of the critical need for school health services.
Strategy 3: Ensure proven information systems to provide seamless transfer of information, nurse access to information, and reliable data/record management.
Strategy 4: Ensure aligned and consistent service in each school and geographic zone.
Strategy 5: Foster and sustain collaborative processes and practices among the schools, the school health program, community hospitals, medical associations, and parents.