In the belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students and Better Students Make Healthy Communities, the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) is pleased to sponsor a variety of programs aimed at tending to the mental and physical well-being of the children in our community. The programs, offered through a unique partnership with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), fall under the umbrella of the Coordinated Youth Initiative (CYI). Programs include the School Nursing Initiative, School-Based Health Centers (staffed by Nurse Practitioners), CHILL counseling program and the Healthy School Teams (HST). They are offered in the OCPS schools serving Winter Park and surrounding communities. (These schools make up the Winter Park Consortium of Schools and include Winter Park High School and its elementary and middle feeder schools.)
School Nursing Initiative
Financial support from WPHF allows schools in the Consortium to hire either Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who have one year of education, or Registered Nurses (RN), who have two to four years of education. All nurses must take continuing medical education classes to keep their licenses current. School nurses provide health screening, prevention and health maintenance services, as well as emergency care. Visit www.healthykidstoday.org, click on “Schools” then click on your school’s name to learn more about your school nurse.
School Based Health Centers
When the need exists, nurses or parents can refer students to the Consortium’s Nurse Practitioners (NP) based at Glenridge Middle School and Winter Park High School. They have master’s degrees and are able to offer more advanced care. They are available to see children residing in Winter Park Consortium attendance zones. They provide an important service to students whose families don’t have adequate health care coverage or access to a health care provider for their children. Funded by WPHF, the NPs can assess, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapies for patients. Appointments are required. Click here to learn more about the School Based Health Centers at Glenridge Middle School and Winter Park High School.
To students, life’s problems sometimes seem too big to handle. That is why WPHF established the CHILL Program in partnership with Orange County Public Schools and its Winter Park Consortium of Schools.
CHILL—Community Help & Intervention in Life’s Lessons—is a free counseling program for students of all ages in the public schools serving Winter Park and neighboring communities who need help with issues such as divorce, grief and loss, low self-esteem, anger management and depression. CHILL Counselors focus on prevention and early intervention programs. There is no cost to students or families. Visit www.healthykidstoday.org, click on “Schools” then click on your school’s name to learn more about your CHILL counselor.
Healthy School Teams
Healthy School Teams (HST) have been established at each of the schools in the Winter Park Consortium, and are supported financially by and with leadership from WPHF. Each team is charged with developing programs that will inject a dose of good health into its school. The programs are as varied as the schools; creativity is encouraged. HSTs welcome the interest of parents and businesses. If you’d like to know how to get involved and support the Teams, visit www.healthykidstoday.org, click on “Schools” the click on your school’s name to contact your school’s HST Leader.
Healthy Kids Today
Healthy Kids Today serves as a source of valuable local health information for parents of children attending a Consortium school. It also will connect you to other websites across the Internet providing important health-related information. Visit www.healthykidstoday.org then scroll down to “Keep in Touch” to sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest local health and wellness information for your children and family.