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Integrating healthcare at school

The PI practice of systems thinking (PI Practice I1) encourages collaboration within and across organizational boundaries. In this video, Avondale Elementary School District (AESD) and Bayless Integrated Healthcare provide an innovative example of systems thinking which reduces student absenteeism through organizational collaboration. Finding that their families lacked the flexibility to take their children to the doctor during normal business hours, AESD collaborated with a health care provider to bring those services to where the families could access them: in the school itself. By embedding licensed “wellness coaches” in the school, where the provider could directly observe children throughout the school day, the school district found that the socio-emotional and physical health of students improved, ultimately reducing student absenteeism.

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