JP Schools, Children's Hospital New Orleans Partner on Student Wellness Initiative
Through an innovative partnership with Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Jefferson Parish Schools will begin implementing the ThriveKids Student Wellness Program, the first comprehensive student wellness initiative across the region that provides care coordination.
This free, voluntary program allows for a coordination of care by streamlining communication amongst students, families, school nurses, health care providers, and school social workers. Through the ThriveKids Student Wellness Program, JP staff will receive professional education and training, and the district will have access to a dedicated medical director.
The ThriveKids Student Wellness Program will bridge a communication gap and provide clarity regarding a student’s health. It will also help to further identify a child’s medical need so that additional resources can be provided. This program will also help to identify what specific barriers exist and will create an opportunity to expand on assistance that may not have otherwise been recognized.
These benefits will help improve attendance and academics for students in Jefferson Parish Schools. “This exciting partnership allows those who come in contact with our students' health to be on the same page. This level of clarity and communication regarding our students' health is important now more than ever, and will lead to a safer learning environment for our children,” said JP Schools Superintendent Dr. James Gray.
Children’s Hospital New Orleans is a 222-bed, non-profit academic pediatric medical center that offers comprehensive healthcare services, including over 40 pediatric specialties, delivered just for children. With more than 400 physicians trained in more than 40 pediatric sub-specialties, Children’s offers a comprehensive array of pediatric healthcare services in Louisiana and the Gulf South. In addition to its main campus located in New Orleans, the hospital operates a network of specialty clinics across Louisiana and in Southern Mississippi, including in Covington, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Children’s Hospital offers primary care services at 15 convenient locations throughout Southeast Louisiana and remotely via its Virtual Care app. Children’s Hospital is a proud member of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit hospital system which also includes New Orleans East Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center. Learn more at chnola.org.