The goal of SUSD's Health Services Department is to address the disparities identified by the American Association of Pediatrics. Factors such as poverty, unstable housing conditions, poor parental health, and racial minority status are associated with poor child health outcomes and are known in the medical and public health communities as social determinants of health.
To address these disparities, SUSD Health Services dispatches its staff of 90 credentialed School Nurses (RNs), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Health Care Assistants (HCAs), and Health Aides to all SUSD campuses to help eliminate health-related barriers to student participation in the educational process. The department is overseen by a Director of Comprehensive Health Services, an Administrator of Health Services, a Program Coordinator of Nursing Services, and a Program Coordinator of Integrated Community Resources.
SUSD Health Services works to eliminate disparities that result in lack of access to and participation in critical resources that contribute to improved attendance and positive health and education outcomes. The department's focus is on the devolvement of community resources and partnerships that eliminate gaps in service that may lead to diminished outcomes and a poor quality of life.