School-Based Health Care Support Toolkit offers resources to support school and care provider partnerships
Ohio launched the new School-Based Health Care Toolkit, a set of resources for schools and communities as they work together to address common health issues and keep students in class and learning.
Across the state, students are experiencing health challenges that prevent them from achieving their academic potential. Whether it is missing class to travel to office visits, needing glasses to see the whiteboard, struggling with undiagnosed or unmanaged behavioral or mental health issues, or lacking an entry point to the primary health care system, untreated health conditions have an impact on academic achievement.
The Ohio School-Based Health Care Toolkit supports schools and health care providers in developing partnerships to improve student access to high-quality care and better prepare the whole student for future success. This toolkit includes Ohio-specific guidance and best practices for schools and health care providers as they work together to develop the models that work best in their communities.
The toolkit addresses common questions from both school leaders and care providers, including:
- How does school-based health care work?
- What are the key steps in getting started?
- How do we formalize our partnership?
- How can we build a sustainable partnership?
This toolkit is a collaborative effort between the Ohio Departments of Education, Medicaid, Health, and Mental Health and Addiction Services, alongside the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation. A partnership of this kind is a nationwide first, with each of these agencies coming together on behalf of Ohio’s students and families.
Thank you to the many Ohio school districts, health care providers, community associations and other stakeholders who contributed to this effort. If you have any questions or feedback on the toolkit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org