School Health Services - Minnesota Department of Health

School Health Services

Why School Health Matters

Group of chidren in a classroomUnited States Surgeon General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders said it best, "...we can't educate children who are not healthy and we cannot keep them healthy if they are not educated. There has to be a marriage between health and education."

School health services is an incredibly valuable tool to marry health and education to build healthy, successful futures for Minnesota's kids and families. When schools have a school nurse, it is a safety net to assess, plan and coordinate for student care. When students' physical and mental health needs are met they are able to be mentally and physically present to learn. Research consistently supports that academic measures are improved when health needs are met.

The Minnesota Department of Health strives to create a health in all policies way of working and serving. School health has unique access to the majority of Minnesota's children and families. Through the resources on this website and the provision of a School Health Consultant, MDH works to elevate the work that is happening as a way to ensure access to care for Minnesotans.

The following articles can be used to understand both our most recent understanding of health in Minnesota and more about the connections between health and education.

MN2020 Where is the School Nurse?

Centers for Disease Control Health and Academic Achievement

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School Health Service Essentials Information:
  • Health Office Staffing Structures
  • Policy and Procedure Manual
  • Health Services Office Space
  • Documentation and Record Keeping
  • Confidentiality Including HIPAA and FERPA
  • Student Encounters
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunizations
  • Medication Administration
  • Screening
School Nursing Practice Information:
  • Types of Staff in the Health Office
  • Understanding Licensure
  • School Nursing Standards
  • Delegation
  • Supervision and Monitoring
  • Evaluation of the School Nurse
  • Resources for New School Nurses
  • School Nurse Training Tools
  • School Nursing Resources
Prevention, Promotion and Protection information:
  • Sexual Health
  • Chemical Health
  • Oral Health
  • Injury and Violence Prevention
  • Student Wellness
  • Staff Wellness
  • Environmental Health
  • Emergency Preparedness
Creating Health Equity through Health Services resources:
  • School Nurse Role in Health Equity
  • School Connectedness
  • Resources for Removing Barriers
  • Culturally Competent Care, Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant Health
  • American Indian Student Resources
  • Students Experiencing Homelessness
  • LGBTQ Students
Developing a School Health Program information:
  • Whole School, Whole Child Whole Community (WSCC)
  • School Health Advisory Committee
  • School Health Assessment
Professional Development resources:
  • Conferences and Workshops
  • Webinars
  • Online Trainings
  • Regional School Nurse Meetings
Updated Friday, 19-Apr-2019 16:35:58 CDT