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Title: Childrens Health Issues in School Buildings A Perspective from Public Health and School Nurses


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Childrens Health Issues in School Buildings-- A
Perspective from Public Health and School Nurses
  • Judith R. Covich, MA,BSN,RN
  • Director, School Health Services
  • Montgomery County Department of Health and Human
    Services

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Impact of Environmental Factors
  • Everyone is affected by their environmentphysical
    ly, mentally, emotionally and spiritually
  • Removing adverse factors which produce somatic
    and psychological stress is a first step in
    creating a environment which promotes good health
    and inspires learning

3
Impact of Environmental Factors
  • Unique Impact of Environmental Issues in Schools
  • Students and staff occupy facilities for 6 or
    more hours/day
  • Multiple facilities and HVAC systems to maintain
  • Potential irritants and pollutants in
    educational, cleaning and maintenance supplies
  • Vehicles for transportation contribute exhaust
    to the environment

4
Impact of Environmental Factors
  • Students with health issues i.e. allergies,
    asthma and/or suppressed immune systems due to
    disease or treatment are especially vulnerable to
    adverse environmental factors

5
Asthma in Children
  • The incidence of asthma rose locally and
    nationally in the 1990s and continues to rise
    nationally especially for minority children
  • Efforts to address the rise and disparity must
    include
  • Improvement of access to effective asthma
    management and
  • Improvement of both indoor and outdoor air
    quality
  • (Montgomery County Health Status Report 2001)

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Montgomery County Department of Health and Human
Services-Public Health ServicesSchool Health
Services
  • 84 School Nurses
  • 212 Health Room Aides
  • School Health Services in 200 schools
  • Primary Health, Mental Health and Social Services
    in 4 School Based Health/Wellness Centers

8
School Health ServicesSchool Year 2006-7
  • 137,798-MCPS enrollment
  • 553,375-visits to the health room
  • Asthma and allergies are primary reason for
    health room visits
  • 9,140 students with asthma (7 of total student
    population)
  • 2,500 students with medication for asthma
  • 150 911 calls were made for students with severe
    asthma

9
School Nurses-Environmental Concerns
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Poor ventilation
  • Exposure to mold
  • Waste
  • Lighting
  • Noise
  • Exposurecleaning materials, exhaust

10
Environmental Conditions which Result in Student
Visits to the Health Room
  • Temperature
  • If too hot, students get sleepy and find it hard
    to concentrate if too cold, students feel
    chilled and ill
  • Ventilation
  • Dust in the air, air is still, noxious odors,
    musty moldy odors. Students with asthma need
    medications, students with allergies experience
    more symptoms general student population
    experience increase in respiratory complaints.

11
Environmental Conditions which Result in Student
Visits to the Health Room
  • Exposure to Mold
  • Students and staff with asthma and allergies are
    most vulnerable.
  • Other than aggregate health room visit data,
    health data for the student population related to
    specific occurrences is difficult to obtain
  • Waste managementwhat works
  • Effective protocols
  • Mutual commitment

12
Environmental Conditions which Result in Student
Visits to the Health Room
  • Lighting
  • Both functional and esthetic impact
  • Noise
  • Distracting to all of increased concern for
    special needs and students with learning
    disabilities and ADD behavioral effects in
    extreme a risk to hearing
  • Exposure to chemicals and exhaust
  • Respiratory and general symptoms i.e.
    head-ache,nausea

13
Going in the Right Direction
  • Improved air quality
  • MCPS Indoor Air Quality Team
  • Tobacco free environments
  • School and Public Health Collaboration
  • Green Schools
  • Demonstrate commitment to indoor environment and
    health

14
and Theres More Work to Do
  • Data, data, dataTell the story, show the
    difference
  • Joint Responsibility and Commitment
  • Training/CommunicationYou dont know what you
    dont know
  • RejuvenateRe-launch collaborative efforts of
    local school systems and public health
  • Engage community support
  • Overcome barriers-- Celebrate progress

15
  • Judith R. Covich, MA, BSN,RN
  • Director, School Health Services
  • Montgomery County Department of Health and Human
    Services
  • 401 Hungerford Drive, Rockville,MD 20860
  • judith.covich_at_montgomerycountymd.gov
  • 240 777 1626
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