The program supports achievement of student, school, and system success:
- Working with each participating Complex Area Superintendent, the Hawaii Keiki Program is creating a model that reflects the needs of the individual Complex Area considering student demographics, staffing patterns, available support services, and health care access within the community.
- UH Manoa Nursing master’s prepared RNs (including APRNs also known as nurse practitioners) are available in project schools and with parent’s consent, deliver screening, direct services, and ensure continuity of care for children with chronic conditions. They coordinate and collaborate with the Public Health Nurses from the Department of Health. The Complex Area based Hawaii Keiki nurses responsibilities include the following:
- Lead the school wellness plan activity.
- Support the school health assistant (SHA).
- Assessment and management of acute events.
- Participation in care management for chronic conditions.
- Data collection for monitoring of trends in acute and chronic conditions.
- The UH Manoa Nursing school, via the program director, works directly with the Office of the DOE Superintendent to provide access to academic 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.
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 education, public health, and school health sectors have each called for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Public health and education serve the same children, often in the same settings. The WSCC focuses on the child to align the common goals of both sectors. The expanded model integrates the eight components of a coordinated school health (CSH) program with the tenets of a whole child approach to education.