ERIC Number: ED246055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the NYS School Health Demonstration Program, September 1982-June 1983.
WRI, Albany, NY.
The School Health Demonstration Program (SHDP), undertaken in 1981, is a coordinated effort by the New York State Departments of Health, Education, and Social Services to provide direct health care, health promotion/illness prevention, and health education to children from low income communities with inadequate access to primary health care services. This report contains the results of the 1982-83 school year evaluation from four separate studies: a formative evaluation, a school-site health care study, a principal and teacher survey, and a utilization/cost impact study. Evaluation highlights from the nine demonstration projects include: (1) linking the school team to a health facility offers many benefits; (2) 63 percent of the 36,000 children in participating schools were formally enrolled in the program; (3) the SHDP had 83,602 encounters with children during the school term; (4) trauma, usually minor, was the most common reason for visits; (5) six percent of all encounters led to referral, most commonly for eye disorders, respiratory problems, and acute injuries; (6) the staffing pattern seems appropriate; (7) the SHDP reached children and their families with a wide-ranged health education curricula; and (8) principals and teachers enthusiastically supported SHDP staff and services: both reported positive impacts on attendance and learning. (ES)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Community Health Services, Demonstration Programs, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Programs, Low Income Groups, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, School Health Services, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Dept. of Health, Albany.
Authoring Institution: WRI, Albany, NY.