During school year 2008-2009, St.Vincent provided and managed full-time health care assistants to maintain health clinics in twelve Washington Township Schools, six Archdiocesan inner-city schools and two charter schools.
In school year 2009-2010, St.Vincent will provide in-school health services to the above schools (minus the charter schools) plus the Zionsville Community Schools and the Beech Grove Community School system. Since the health clinics were established, the school absenteeism rate has dropped significantly.
St.Vincent also worked with schools throughout Marion and Hamilton counties in response to the federal law that requires schools receiving federal funds to initiate wellness committees and enhance programming to include healthier school settings for children.
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital led the way by expanding its school health program to include wellness-focused activities in more than 90 schools by providing health education, physical fitness testing, wellness committee membership, and speakers for a variety of healthcare topics.
School wellness outreach spanned the diverse school systems of Catholic, public, and private schools. A full-time school wellness coordinator has expanded outreach and provided wellness leadership for schools.
Call Pat Schmutte at (317) 501-8698 for additional information.