Treating students where they are

Healthcare in schools mitigates learning loss and plays a significant part in academic success

Across the nation, school districts witness the impact of chronic absenteeism on academic achievement, particularly in areas where generational poverty is a problem. Access to excellent healthcare and education can help families change course. Telehealth clinics treat students right where they are — in school — and keep them on a positive learning and developmental path.

It's about what we can learn, too.

Although learning loss affects schools nationwide, each district and school has its own set of unique challenges. When we partner to implement school-based telehealth, we bring a great deal of experience as well as the desire to learn. Our aim is to grasp the specific challenges that absenteeism poses in your community and work closely with schools to develop an effective and sustainable plan.

We’re not just providing health clinics. We’re creating a way for students to stay in school.

It’s a simple equation: When students have to leave school, they miss the opportunity to learn.

When they are present and under their teacher’s care, everything else can fall into place. They can grasp content and keep pace with their classmates. They can feel supported, in control and headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, when a child misses school for health reasons, often an entire day’s worth of learning, or more, is lost. Telehealth clinics allow students to receive timely medical attention and, in many cases, get the student feeling better and back to class with minimal disruption to their learning. This is transformative for families who lack primary care, can’t afford insurance or have to wait several days or longer to be seen. In that way, the streamlined telehealth approach delivers more than care: It addresses root causes of chronic absenteeism and supports student success.

“I absolutely see the difference in our school community. Our students are healthier. They attend school more regularly. They have increased confidence.”

Dr. Jonathan Brooks, principal
Bessemer Elementary School, Greensboro, NC

Benefits to more time in school

  • Improved academic performance
  • Stronger social connections and sense of belonging
  • Healthier emotional development
  • Able to make positive contributions to others’ learning experience
  • Fewer missed days means less catch-up for teachers
  • More likely to graduate and successfully advance to college and career

A school that models good health is, overall, a more positive place to be.