The Lake Cumberland District Health Department, as well as the Department for Public Health and the Department of Education, recognizes the impact one’s health can have on his or her ability to learn. Healthy children learn better and school nurses help make that happen!
The LCDHD partners with the following counties to provide public health school nursing duties within their communities’ schools: Pulaski (Pulaski County, Science Hill and Somerset) and Campbellsville. The school nurses are employees of each school board and are highly trained medical professionals that provide an array of pediatric health services. The school nurses adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s Core Clinical Service Guide to ensure that our nursing care is provided at the highest professional standard.
The school health program/partnership offers many services and programs for children and adolescents that include, but are not limited to: acute and chronic illness screenings, required acute and chronic treatments as prescribed by a child’s medical provider, health screenings, school physicals, chronic disease case management (asthma, diabetes, allergy/anaphylaxis and epilepsy), health education and physician referrals. The school health program/partnership collaborates with Kentucky’s Respiratory Disease Program to offer asthma education, awareness and disease management to our students, faculty and parents, as well as other community members.
The LCDHD school health program/partnership promotes health prevention to our communities through the school satellite health clinics. Preventive health services can detect minor health problems before they become serious. Detecting these health problems early is an effective way to improve quality of life, reduce health care costs and improve education. Please contact the local health department for more information.