Featured Article| Volume 17, ISSUE 3, P273-278, March 2021

Connecting Kids to Care: Developing a School-Based Telehealth Program

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      • School-based telehealth is an efficient and effective way to improve access to care for children of all ages, from early Head Start to high school.
      • School-based telehealth contributes to improved health outcomes for children in rural and underserved communities.
      • Successful telehealth program implementation depends on a reliable framework to ensure legal and regulatory compliance and to enhance use.
      • Challenges to program success and sustainability for a school-based telehealth program may be overcome by implementing best practices in program development at both the school and provider sites.
      • School-based telehealth fosters interprofessional collaboration between nurse practitioners and a variety of health professionals to enhance pediatric care and improve health outcomes for children.


      School-based telehealth is an efficient and effective way to overcome barriers to care and improve health equity for children in rural and underserved communities. Empowering health care providers, such as nurse practitioners, to develop successful, sustainable programs may contribute to improved access to care and improved health outcomes for the children served. Using a structured framework for program development is essential to successful implementation when connecting school-age children to care through a school-based telehealth program. The Telehealth Service Implementation Model provides a robust structure with requisite components to develop and implement a successful school-based telehealth program.


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      All authors are affiliated with the Center for Telehealth, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Kelli Garber, MSN, PPCNP-BC, is lead advanced practice provider and clinical integration specialist, and can be contacted at [email protected] Elana Wells, MPH, CHES, is the school-based health manager, Kathryn C. Hale, MA, CHES, is school-based health coordinator, and Kathryn King, MD, MHS, is associate executive medical director.