Health & Wellness Initiatives
HEALTH AND WELLNESS INITIATIVE
The focus of the IPSF Health and Wellness Initiative is to create mutually beneficial partnerships with Irvine’s medical community, local businesses and foundations, parents, institutions of higher education, and the City of Irvine, to provide an effective, sustainable community health program for Irvine’s children and youth.
The IPSF Health and Wellness Initiative exists to ensure that each child in every IUSD school receives high quality school health services, regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay. Since 2005, IPSF has maintained the Health and Wellness Initiative as a high priority, to engage the community in these efforts so that all IUSD students can thrive and succeed in school.
Health and education are natural partners. A mounting body of evidence has established links between comprehensive school health programs and educational outcomes, indicating that healthier students:
- attend school more often
- perform better academically
- are significantly less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors
IPSF is working with IUSD, health experts and community leaders to implement a comprehensive program to foster healthy and health-literate students. Current objectives include:
- Increasing nursing staff at IUSD school sites. School nurses oversee the health of more than 32,000 IUSD students. In the 2014-2015 school year, IUSD's has a staffing level of 13 IUSD school nurses and a student to nurse ratio of 2500:1. This effort is made possible through ongoing support from Hoag Hospital Irvine.
- Supporting Athletic Trainers for IUSD Athletic Programs. Thanks to generous support from Hoag Orthopedic Institute, IPSF is providing support for 4 athletic trainers in the 2015-2016 school year. The major focus of the Athletic Trainer Service will be to identify risk factors, prevent injuries, provide appropriate medical treatment, including rehabilitative services and referral support, and detect and correct health problems directly related to athletic performance, such as concussion risks.
- Continuing our efforts to engage the medical community in meeting the health needs of the IUSD student population and those who serve them