Addressing Diabetes Risk Factors in Elementary School Children Through Community Partnerships

Feb 13, 2019  02:00 PM  EST

 Join us for the final module of a four-part learning collaborative hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the School-Based Health Alliance! Presenters will share three programs that utilize evidence-based guidelines for preventing, screening, and managing diabetes risk factors in elementary-aged children that health centers can bring to local schools. Participants are encouraged to access the below resources to familiarize themselves with key takeaways from the learning collaborative to date.

The following clinicians will present:

  • Jessica Wallace, PA, Montbello Family Health Center, Denver Health. Ms. Wallace will discuss the MEND program: Mind (educating kids and parents about unhealthy attitudes toward food); Exercise (teaching people how to maintain an active lifestyle); Nutrition (how to select foods that are healthy, tasty and nutritious); and Do It! (putting the program into action).
  • Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Nelson will discuss Telehealth ROCKS Schools, including their focus on childhood obesity. 
  • James Huang, MD, Core Faculty, Unity Health Care. Dr. Huang will discuss the We Can! program at Unity Health Care.
  • Ann M. Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine

We invite you to share in the work of this learning collaborative in this special open session.


Community health centers and look-alikes who can identify a potential elementary school partner(s) but are not currently operating a school-based health center in the selected elementary school(s).

Previous Modules

Module 1: Identifying Target Population

During this session, Heather Batson and Dr. James Huang described useful data sources for identifying the unique health considerations for pediatric patients. Attendees accessed their own UDS data and local resources to assess the needs of school-aged children at risk for diabetes.

Module 2: Mapping Your Medical Neighborhood

Jillian Bird, RN gave a comprehensive overview of the importance of partnering with community organizations as “medical neighbors.” Dale Ayton, CRNP presented a case study from a Philadelphia school with integrated healthcare and health programs. Attendees identified key community partners near their health center and developed drafts of engagement messages to begin new collaborative efforts.

Module 3: Identifying School/Community Partners

Andrea Shore from the School-Based Health Alliance discussed best practices for engaging with school partners, and Dr. Michele Snyder described her work for “Team Kid POWER” as part of the Children’s National Health System. Attendees are developing goals,  SMART objectives, and deliverables in an action plan towards building a school--health center partnership.