Custom Solutions for Student Health Services
DOCS delivers a viable school-based health solutions through our Student Health Impact Project (SHIP). SHIP is a multidisciplinary health and wellness approach designed to support schools through high-quality medical, dental, vision and specialty care services. The purpose of this optimized care solution is to help identify, address and manage health barriers to learning by implementing and expanding access to care for all children and adolescents where they learn and play.
Having health services at school can help decrease student absenteeism, treat chronic conditions and increase student achievement.
A Healthcare “Safety Net” For Students
The DOCS model for school-based healthcare services uses collaboration with school administrators, health personnel and primary care providers to close care gaps for students. Each outcome-based program is designed to augment services and be a “safety net” for students who may not have access to care or a medical home.
DOCS offers the following MEDICAL & VISION services to schools through the Student Health Impact Project (SHIP):
- Chronic disease management
- Acute medical care
- Complete physical examinations
- Diabetes management
- Lead screenings
- Lab work
- Comprehensive eye exams
- Eye glasses
DOCS offers the following DENTAL services to schools through the Oral Health Impact Project (OHIP):
- Fluoride treatments
- Preventive care
- Screening for TMJ
- Pre-orthodontic evaluations
Addressing the National Shortage of School Nurses
School Nurses are the quarterbacks of care for our nation’s students. However, over the years the number of dedicated school nurses have vastly decreased, leaving school districts with a widespread shortage of certified health professionals to care for children. Only three out of five schools across the country have full-time school nurses, often forcing administrators — with no medical training — to step in and provide some level of care. SHIP can assist schools with this challenge by augmenting care for students, especially those suffering with chronic illnesses, like uncontrolled asthma or diabetes.
40% of U.S. schools do not have a full-time nurse.
Nearly 13% of children in the U.S. miss 15 or more days of school each year, mostly for health-related reasons.
More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related problems and uncontrolled asthma.
Studies show 80% of learning in school is visual. If you can’t see, you can’t read!
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