August 20, 2021
Let Data Guide Path To Best For Children
- Data-Driven Culture
Source: The Journal Gazette | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 8/20/2021 –
As our schools reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they are facing unprecedented pressure. Teachers are burned out, administrators are struggling to be fiscally responsible with unprecedented billions in tax dollars, and students are experiencing the most devastating learning loss in Indiana history.
Like all massive disruptions to global society, however, COVID-19 presents opportunities to prevent the next pandemic while also addressing the inequities that continue to undermine our response.
As our society navigates its recovery from this watershed health event, it’s imperative for health care and education professionals to collaborate more frequently and effectively to overcome the challenges we face.
Some Indiana schools have a school nurse or school-based health center on-site, but the majority do not. Of the schools that do have some type of health services, many are only able to offer part-time or uncertified services. COVID-19 has exposed this as a significant misfortune – especially in schools with a higher percentage of at-risk students.
Why are schools increasingly involved in their students’ health care? According to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Managed Care, children in Indiana see a pediatrician for an average of 80 minutes a year. For children navigating poverty, that number drops to 20 minutes.