Administered by: Bureau of Maternal and Child Health
The School Health Program targets three major areas:
- School Health Technical Assistance provides guidance and education concerning health related issues to all Illinois schools, school health personnel, parents and others upon request in order to facilitate the students optimal participation in the educational program.
- Coordinated School Health Grants promote collaboration between local health departments and school districts to assess local health needs and develop programming designed to address the identified issues. Programming addresses: healthy safe school environments, health education, health services, physical education, nutrition services, staff health promotion, psychological and social services, and parent and community involvement.
- School Health Center Program serves students in 41 School Health Centers, clinics provides routine medical care, physical examinations for school or sports, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, immunizations, pregnancy testing, nutrition counseling, health education, and laboratory services. Each student undergoes a health risk assessment and related anticipatory guidance. Each local community decides which other services (i.e., drug and substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, dental services, and family planning) will be provided on site or by referral. Students in need of care beyond the scope of that offered at the health center are referred to specialists as needed.