Care coordination in schools involves school nurses organizing the care of students by sharing information and maintaining communication among those concerned with the needs and care of students with chronic health conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes, epilepsy). This integrated approach may include:1
- Health care providers.
- Out-of-school time staff.
- Other school staff (e.g., administration).
Care coordination can provide students with chronic health conditions with the following benefits:
- Improve medical management.
- Provide more detailed follow-up and linkages to other services.
- Reveal the need for additional resources (e.g., eligibility and enrollment assistance for health insurance).
Some students may have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or an Individualized Health Plan (IHP) that helps them to learn in an environment that can support their needs. Typically the school nurse plays an important role in establishing these plans.
- Research Brief: Addressing the Needs of Students with Chronic Health Conditions: Strategies for Schools [PDF – 269KB]
- Research Brief: Chronic Health Conditions and Academic Achievement [PDF – 288KB]
- Fact Sheet: Health Insurance for Children: How Schools Can Help [PDF – 1MB]
- Fact Sheet: Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Schools: The Role of the School Nurse [PDF – 650KB]
- American Academy of Pediatrics, National Center for Medical Home Implementation: Care Coordination Resources (includes curriculum for school nurses), 2016
- National Center for Medical Home Implementation – School Nurses Linking with the Medical Home
- School Health Profiles
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
- National Association of School Nurses: Translating Strategies into Actions to Improve Care Coordination for Students