Welcome to School Nurse Link.
On this simple, easy-to-navigate site you will find information to support care of your students, especially those with chronic conditions.
The School Nurse Link program connects all schools (public, charter and private) with resources offered by Medicaid health plans in Missouri. Together, these plans cover about 500,000 children across the state, located in every community.
Asthma Ready Communities provide standardized, evidence-based education for children with asthma, families and health professionals. Training and clinical programs, including Project ECHO telehealth, enhance the readiness of health care professionals and facilities to provide cost-efficient care that is compliant with the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma: Expert Panel Report (EPR) 3 and EPR 4 Updates. Asthma Ready Communities is managed by the University of Missouri in collaboration with many state and national partners including the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Missouri Healthy Schools provides students with lifelong advantages built upon early, positive health behaviors that improve conditions for academic achievement. MHS hosts a training and resources website to support for School Health Services and Asthma Care. Missouri Healthy Schools is a joint venture of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which is funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PROGRAM INFO
SWITCHING TO METER DOSE INHALER -- for Administering Quick Relief Medication at School. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, school nurses are switching from nebulizer to meter dose inhaler (MDI) for quick rescue medication. Free start-up kits and additional spacers are available for purchase at discounted rates. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation (St. Louis Chapter) is handling orders for schools statewide. A training for school nurses is available on the Missouri Healthy Schools website. >> Order free start-up kits and additional spacers: Click here >> How to order free start-up kit: slide deck >> Request prescription from healthcare provider: form letter >> Questions: Contact Chris Martinez, Executive Director - Allergy and Asthma Foundation (St. Louis Chapter) -- email@example.com
SECOND INHALER BENEFIT -- FOR STUDENTS WITH ASTHMA. Effective December 1, 2017. Students with asthma are able to obtain a second inhaler from the Pharmacy Program by MO HealthNet. An extra inhaler could be kept at school, at a second house where a student lives during the week, etc. MO HealthNet is distributing letters to parents of children with asthma about this special benefit and notifying physicians and pharmacists as well. If you have a student who could benefit from access to a second inhaler, contact the Pharmacy Program Service Support Line for School Nurses at (800) 392-8030, option #3. Parents/guardians may also call this number and request assistance directly.
View slides from the 2017 Health Office Orientation presentation by MO HealthNet to school nurses. The content focuses on managed care and includes critical information about enrollment process (p. 13), advantages to managed care to members (p. 9), changing health plans (p. 16), additional benefits offered by the managed care companies (p. 26-28), and family advocacy organizations (p. 31). Special thanks to Helen Jaco, Director of Managed Care, and Sidney Wilde RN, Clinical Operations Nurse Managed Care for sharing these materials.
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Try it out. Ask for the resources and support your children and families need. Managed Medicaid health plans hold immense untapped potential to assist school nurses.
School nurses have the ability to provide care to our children in a unique way. They bridge the gap that often exists in day to day care and support the various requirements that long-term positive health outcomes require. We are honored to stand and partner with school nurses!