The purpose of this two-year project is to improve ways to identify and manage K-12 students with chronic health conditions (CHCs) in public schools in Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton. CHCs such as obesity, asthma, seizure disorders, hearing problems, and behavioral and learning problems are prevalent among school-aged children. The ultimate goal is to improve health and academic outcomes for these students by increasing access to services. This will be done by first identifying where the greatest needs are and then addressing them with evidence-based intervention strategies.
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During Year 1, we: (1) established a working group of stakeholders including school nurses, teachers, and administrators from Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton; staff from the Naugatuck Valley Health District; and staff from Griffin Health Services; and (2) assessed current practices, needs, and resources related to managing CHCs among school-aged students. Based on the results of the completed needs assessment, the working group identified mental health conditions as a priority. Based on the results of the completed needs assessment, the working group identified mental health conditions as a priority. In year 2, we will identify strategies to screen, refer to care, and track outcomes in students with mental health conditions, implement the selected strategies, and evaluate their impact.