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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

One of the most significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on mental health. Public health identified the mental health of students and staff as a priority focus. Public health continues to monitor the mental health of school age children as we move out of the pandemic.

The role of the Public Health Nurse is to support the wellbeing of the school community by using a healthy school approach (external link) and supporting Healthy Schools Certification (external link).

School Years Health Program Supports

All Halton Region schools have access to the following: