This page is designed to provide School Nursing and Health Staff with specialized resources and detailed information on the guidelines surrounding School Health Services in Arizona. Resources found on this page should be used to supplement information already made available by your local school board and county health department.
This resource guide may assist school personnel in developing a plan of care in cooperation with the parent/guardian, medical provider and school nurse. These guidelines were developed to assist the RN in making delegation decisions in the school environment.
This document contains guidelines for helping an ill or injured student when the school nurse is not available. It is recommended that Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) utilize the in the absence of a nurse.
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Sensory Screening Program is a legislatively mandated program that requires all Arizona educational institutions to provide hearing screening and referrals to school-aged children (pending release of official requirements). The mandate requires that all private, charter and public schools make available to its students a systematic screening for hearing disorders in order to allow early identification and appropriate intervention.
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and ADE provide this mental health resource guide to school based health professionals who wishes to be a voice that promotes the need for school mental health resources in Arizona. This guide includes information and tools that will help connect educational leaders and behavioral health providers, define expectations and roles for each, provide guidance for handling a behavioral health crisis, and help your community respond to a suicide. All of these resources are intended to increase students’ access to the mental health care system.
It is a general practice for Arizona school districts across to measure and record the height and weight of each student in the student's health file on an annual basis. It is recommended that schools calculate and record each student's Body Mass Index (BMI).
Each district should determine if they will calculate and/or notify parents of BMI results that are in the overweight and/or obese categories. If a district elects to notify parents of BMI scores indicating overweight and/or obese status and the accompanying health risks, a policy and procedure should be developed address this health issue in an appropriate manner. The following links are available to assist school districts with this screening:
ADE partnered with Touchstone Health Services, Teen Lifeline and Project AWARE to educate Arizona school nurse and health office staff on how to identify and respond to common mental health challenges youth face in relation to COVID-19. Click the link below and enter the passcode to access the recorded event!
Maricopa County's Office of Oral Health administers basic oral screenings, education and referrals at no cost to pregnant women and children 0-5 years of age. Eligible children can also receive fluoride varnish.
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Patricia (Pat) VanMaanen, MS, BSN, RN, has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry, currently working as a health consultant to address health issues across a variety of clinical, community and state level projects. Pat has provided health care and social service project management, policy analysis, technical writing, needs assessments and community surveys, and other services, often with a focus on children’s health. She supports clients’ understanding of health needs by analyzing public health data, identifying how diseases, conditions, and social determinants affect specific populations and geographic areas.
Pat holds a Master of Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She serves or has served on several boards and advisory committees including the Arizona Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association PAC Board, the First Things First State Health Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), the Arizona Nurses Association Public Policy Committee, the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Community Benefit and Health Equity Committee (formerly CHIN) and the Children’s Action Alliance Healthy Children Coalition.
She is the 2019 recipient of the Arizona Public Health Association Harold B Woodward Achievement Award, the First Things First 2014 Champion for Young Children Award, the 2009 recipient of the Reach Out and Read Arizona Early Literacy Leader of the Year and the 2007 recipient of the Arizona Public Health Association Senator Andy Nichols Honor Award.