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Public Health Nurses in Schools

 

Public health nurses work to enhance health in entire school communities. Learn about how public health nurses support schools in Halton Region.

Role of public health nurses

The Halton Region Health Department works with schools to promote the health and developmental potential of children and youth. Public health nurses (PHNs) work with schools to enhance the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the entire school community by:

  • building relationships
  • collaborative planning
  • engaging students, staff and parents
  • developing community partnerships

School Years Health Program Supports

All Halton Region schools receive the following supports:

The Halton Region Health Department provides PHN support to school clusters (i.e., a high school and its feeder schools) selected in collaboration with the school board. While working with a champion from the school cluster, a PHN will work collaboratively with the group to:

  • encourage the sharing of data and relevant learning with the school cluster
  • facilitate communications to identify issues and challenges that affect the school cluster
  • identify and prioritize areas of potential joint action
  • help develop a plan to address the needs of the school cluster
  • promote family and youth engagement
  • facilitate access to community resources, programs and services

Each school cluster identifies a school who would benefit receiving targeted PHN support. This 'school of focus' receives intensive support from an assigned PHN. The PHN will work with the school community to:

  • provide consultation and support to help develop school action plans that align with School and Board Improvement Plans
  • identify school strengths, assess and prioritize school needs, and identify best practice approaches to address these needs
  • plan, implement and evaluate health promotion strategies and activities on various issues (e.g., healthy eating, physical activity, bullying prevention, substance misuse)
  • provide curriculum consultation and support
  • promote and support asset-based approaches and initiatives (e.g., Developmental Assets)
  • promote opportunities for skill development for staff and students
  • participate on SSAT and other school committees
  • engage students, staff, parents and community partners
  • facilitate access to community resources, programs and services
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