Grants Help Care for School Kids School Nurse Program Receives $40,000

The School Nurse Program of Asante Ashland Community Hospital has once again received a grant from the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The Walker Fund has been supporting the program since 2005 and notified Ashland Community Hospital Foundation they are renewing and increasing their support for the upcoming academic school year. 

The $40,000 grant will be used to support the expansion of school nurse services from K-8 to all K-12 students in Ashland, Phoenix and Talent, an estimated 53% increase in children served.

School nurses provide daily healthcare services including screenings and educational presentations. They also provide case management for students with complex health needs such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, and behavioral health issues. 

In addition, the closure of schools due to COVID-19 has caused the nurses to adapt their service delivery to ensure students have access to healthcare and are supported during this challenging time. Nurses are providing support and a safety net to students who have chronic health conditions, at-risk students who frequented the nurse offices, and students with physical or emotional needs. They have also partnered with the YMCA to screen children utilizing the emergency childcare program. 

Belinda Brown, RN has been overseeing the school nurse program since it began in 1997 and understands school nurses provide more than just healthcare. “The work we do covers so much more than just the physical needs of the child,” Belinda explains. “The positive relationships our nurses develop have a huge impact on the wellbeing of the families in our community”.

Asante Ashland Community Hospital and the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation are grateful for the commitment from the Walker Fund. If you would like more information on the School Nurse Program, visit our website and watch our short video.

Stephanie Roland, CFRE
Ashland Community Hospital Foundation
(541) 482-0367 x2