The Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program places APRNs, RNs, and Health Technicians in health clinics located on public school campuses to provide school based health services to students. The program supports achievement of student, school, and system success by:
- APRNs (also known as nurse practitioners), RNs, and/or Health Technicians are available in participating schools and with parent/guardian consent, they work together to deliver screening, direct services on-site and/or virtually using telehealth, and ensure continuity of care for children with chronic conditions.
- Working with each Complex Area Superintendent and school principals, the Hawaii Keiki Program is creating a model that reflects the needs of the individual schools and DOE Complex Areas considering student demographics, staffing patterns, available community support services, and health care access.
- The Hawaii Keiki Leadership Team works directly with the HIDOE to provide access to evidence-based expertise in health promotion and disease prevention; alignment and coordination opportunities for health and education; and resources for public and health sciences education partnership.
- HK nurses coordinate and collaborate with the Public Health Nurses from the Department of Health in the prevention and control of communicable disease and supporting students with required school health needs.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC)
The program is built on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model that expands on the eight elements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinated school health (CSH) approach and is combined with the whole child framework.
Launched in early 2014, CDC and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) developed this expanded model—in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health—to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools.
The WSCC focuses on the child to align the common goals of education, public health and school health sectors. The expanded model integrates the ten components of a coordinated school health (CSH) program with the tenets of a whole child approach to education.
Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).