Coordinated School Health

Don Best
School Health Coordinator
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The mission of Coordinated School Health is to improve students' health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and schools. The physical, social and emotional health of students can support or hinder their academic success and their prospects for a productive and healthy life. State and national data reveal that many Tennessee students engage in unhealthy behaviors that are detrimental to both their health and academic success. Additionally, data indicates that school environments may not be as supportive as they could be of students' health. Yet, in spite of these and other challenges, Tennessee schools can have a powerful influence on improving students' well-being and readiness to learn.

The CDC's Coordinated School Health (CSH) model is a systematic approach that ensures that a school community effectively links health with educational success. Although these components are listed separately, it is their composite that allows CSH to have significant impact. CSH is implemented in a way that fits the unique needs and resources of each school community. 

Student Medical Assistance Response Team (S.M.A.R.T.)
The Sevier County School System through a partnership with Cherokee Health Systems is pleased to provide the Sevier County Student Medical Assistance Response Team. A key component of the S.M.A.R.T. program is telemedicine. Telemedicine utilizes state of the art technology to assist the 
school system in attending to the physical needs of students. The telemedicine connection is a secure, two-way video link with the child and the school nurse on one end, and a medical provider on the other. During a telemedicine visit, a child can be screened, examined, diagnosed, 
treated, and monitored. Special equipment give the medical provider the ability to examine the child's ears, eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, etc. Assisted by a Sevier County School System registered nurse, a child can be seen through telemedicine for the following concerns: cuts/abrasions, rashes, pink eye, coughs/colds, strep, earaches, and/or flu-like symptoms. A Cherokee Health Systems pediatric or family nurse practitioner is available via telemedicine.

Once the required paperwork is completed by parents, all students enrolled at the school sites are eligible to be seen at our clinics. For students with TennCare, CoverKids, or other insurance coverage, Cherokee Health Systems will submit claims to the insurance provider. Standard co-pays will apply. For students without insurance coverage, services will be provided on a sliding scale based on income information.