The school nurse: a prescription for healthier schools

 

A program to put more school nurses in Milwaukee Public Schools is paying off in better health care management for children and families, according to an evaluation done by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Institute for Urban Health Partnerships.

 

In 2006, MPS allocated Title I funds to hire school nurses for eligible schools to expand its Coordinated School Health Program, a model supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC recommends a ratio of one school nurse for every 750 students. When the program started, Milwaukee Public Schools had a ratio of one nurse for every 8,500 students, according to M. Kathleen Murphy, Health Services Coordinator for MPS. 

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