Ms. Carolyn Shaver

    The mission of the Health and Medical Services Department is to increase the student's capacity to benefit from education by providing professional health and medical expertise that support student achievement. Health and Medical Services provides support to students, schools, parents and the community in health and health-related activities. Program emphasis is on protecting students from health hazards and threats to personal safety, disease and infection prevention, promotion of immunizations, routine health care, healthy lifestyles, and monitoring program compliance. Health is not just the absence of disease – it is complete physical, mental, and social well-being. A school health program that effectively addresses students’ health, and thus improves their ability to learn, consists of many different components. Each component makes a unique contribution while also complementing the others, ultimately creating a whole that is more than just the sum of its parts.  Coordinated School Health traditionally includeseight components: Read More»

    The Houston Independent School District Department of Health and Medical Services oversees the Comprehensive Health and Medical Services program for all students.  Professional Registered Nurses and other health professionals offer a thorough health appraisal process, along with preventive health services.  Services include health screenings, anticipatory guidance, and communicable disease control measures.  They also set forth compliance policies applicable to immunization laws, emergency care, referral, and follow-up for illness or injury at school.  In addition, they offer health care intervention for students with special health care needs, case management, health promotion activities for students, staff, families, and community, and comprehensive health education resources.

    The above components encompass a school's instruction, services, and physical and social environments.  Leadership, partnerships, and coordination serve as the "glue" that holds the different pieces together to form a coherent whole.  Because individuals, institutions, needs, and resources differ from community to community, no two approaches are expected to look exactly alike.  Each new setting will bring together a unique group of people and agencies to determine the specific needs facing young people in their schools and build on the many resources that are already in place to support positive youth development.

    Schools by themselves cannot—and should not be expected to—solve the nation’s most serious health and social problems.  Families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth, and young people themselves also must be systematically involved.  However, schools could provide a critical facility in which many agencies might work together to maintain the well-being of young people. Learn More »