Dayton Public Schools’ Health Services and the TEAMS Project
High-quality school health services improve student health and support academic success. However, school districts face many challenges in seeking to provide optimal health services to students. The Enhancing School Health Services through Training, Education, Assistance, Mentorship, and Support (TEAMS) project helps school districts to overcome these barriers by engaging in a systematic, planned process to improve their health services.
Over five years, thirty school districts from across the country participated in the project, which was supported by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Districts assembled three-member teams including a district health services representative, health department partner, and physician partner.
The teams were guided through a process to:
- Engage stakeholders and foster partnerships to support improvements in school health services;
- Assess their current school health services policies, practices, and infrastructure;
- Identify and prioritize key areas for improvement and develop a strategic action plan; and
- Implement and evaluate changes.
The TEAMS project was built on the rationale that strengthening school health services improves the health of students and leads to better educational outcomes, that schools provide a key point of access for health care for many children, and that children benefit from a coordinated system in which school health services, health departments, and medical providers work together to optimize care.