Offering On-site and Virtual Health Services to Charter School Students
The Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn provides on-site and virtual health services to public charter school students. Each participating school receives on-site services from a Hawaii Keiki Health Technician and an assigned Hawaii Keiki RN. A Hawaii Keiki Nurse Practitioner (APRN) connects with the Hawaii Keiki Health Technician to provide virtual health services including diagnosis of common conditions and treatment. The goal is to increase access to health services for students, reduce school absenteeism, and provide charter school administration and staff with readily available resources and support for health related issues and concerns.
What health services are provided?
The Hawaii Keiki program provides the following services to charter schools:
- An on-site Health Technician who will provide documentation, facilitate virtual visits, coordinate screening events, communicable disease tracking, Department of Health documentation requirements
- Virtual appointments with a Hawaii Keiki Nurse Practitioner using video technology to provide health screening, diagnosis, and prescribed medication if appropriate
- An assigned Registered Nurse providing school site visits, health education, School Health Assistant (SHA) and Health Technician support, Emergency Action Plan (EAP) clinical support for students, and on-site support for school and health events
- Additional services, such as dental services, vision screenings, and mental health services, will be coordinated as needed
Participating Charter Schools
- Malama Honua Public Charter School
- Voyager – A Public Charter School
- University Laboratory School – A Hawaii Public Charter School
- DreamHouse Ewa Beach Public Charter School
- Kaohao Public Charter School
- Alakai O Kauai Charter School
- Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School
- Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School
- Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Charter School
- Ka Umeke Kaeo Public Charter School
- Kualapuu Public Conversion Charter School
Charter School Health Services FAQs
Why Hawaii Keiki Charter School services?
Hawaii Keiki Charter School Services will support students’ health, well-being, and academic success by providing health screenings, preventative treatment, care for chronic conditions, health education, and treatment services. Offering these services at charter schools removes barriers to accessing healthcare services for students, supports school staff with health related issues and concerns, helps parents remain at work, and keeps students healthy and ready to learn.
Where will health services be located?
For the current school year, we will be providing health services to the participating charter schools listed above. Each charter school will be provided with both virtual and on-site health services, and operating hours will vary by location and student needs.
Who can receive health services?
Any student with a signed parent/guardian consent form may receive health services from Hawaii Keiki staff members. Before virtual visits with the Hawaii Keiki Nurse Practitioner, parents/guardians will be contacted for consent of the visit.
How do virtual appointments work?
Before the Virtual Keiki Care visit, the Hawaii Keiki Health Technician will contact the parent/guardian for consent. After obtaining parental/guardian consent, the Health Technician will use telehealth video equipment to connect with a Hawaii Keiki Nurse Practitioner. The Health Technician will then initiate a virtual exam with the Nurse Practitioner using a handheld camera, iPad and other equipment. The Nurse Practitioner then completes a virtual physical assessment with the student.
Virtual appointments can also include the parent or guardian on their phone or computer allowing for further discussion about the assessment, diagnosis and plan with the Nurse Practitioner.
After the visit, the Nurse Practitioner will make a diagnosis and develop a plan of care. The Nurse Practitioner can provide a prescription or order necessary laboratory tests. If the parent was not included in the call, the Nurse Practitioner will contact the parent with a summary of the visit. The Nurse Practitioner will also share information on the visit with the students’ Primary Care Provider.
What medical concerns are addressed in virtual appointments?
Virtual appointments can address many medical concerns such as earaches, sore throats, and rashes. If needed, the Nurse Practitioner can prescribe medication for the student or order lab tests. Information on the visit is always sent to the student’s primary care provider.
Are there any fees for health services?
Students and families will not receive a bill for the visit although insurance information will be collected and may be billed.
Hawaii Keiki: Healthy & Ready to Learn
Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster 402
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8522