Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn is a partnership between UH Manoa Nursing and the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE). The program sits at the intersection of education and health to support the DOE to achieve student, school, and system success.

The program is building school based health services that screen for treatable health conditions; provide referrals for primary care providers and patient centered medical home services; prevent and control communicable diseases and other health problems; and provide emergency care for illness or injury.

Students succeed academically when they come to school ready to learn. The evidence is clear that hunger, chronic illness, physical abuse, or emotional abuse can lead to poor school performance. Health risk behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, and physical inactivity are consistently linked to academic failure and often affect students’ school attendance, grades, test scores, and ability to pay attention in class. School based health programs decrease dismissal from school and are associated with better attendance.

The Hawaii Keiki program goal is keep our keiki healthy and ready to learn by providing access to nursing services in Hawaii’s public schools. The program is designed to improve access and quality of health services in the school by coordinating and expanding existing efforts of the partners and community resources.

A goal of Hawaii’s public schools is to provide the best learning experience possible to prepare students for higher education. A goal of UH Manoa Nursing is to improve the health of Hawaii through education of nurses and service to the people of the state. Together, we are improving health of our keiki and building student, school and system success to create a bright future for the state.

What can a Hawaii Keiki do for my child?

In the Kaimuki McKinley Roosevelt complex, there is one Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) – Cortney Crocker – to provide services.

Cortney is located in Central Middle School. She has office hours Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. Here’s how it works…

  1. First, we need consent forms filled out for your child. 3 signatures are required. One signature that lets Cortney see your child, one signature lets Cortney talk to your child’s primary care provider (PCP), and one lets Cortney bill your insurance. As a reminder, Hawaii Keiki is completely free to you – no copay. If you don’t have insurance, there is still no cost to you.
  2. Your child goes to the health room. The health room aide sends your child down to see Cortney.
  3. Your child is evaluated by a skilled nurse practitioner. They will get their vital signs taken (temperature, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, height, weight). A complete history and physical exam will be done.
  4. You will get a phone call from Cortney. This is to let you know your child came down to her office. This is also to communicate what symptoms, illness, or injury your child was experiencing. This when Cortney can communicate a treatment plan including what was done in the office, prescriptions sent to the pharmacy, and follow up needed.

What kinds of things can Cortney help with?

  • Breathing treatments (albuterol) and help with asthma management
  • Diagnosing and treating common pediatric illness and injuries
  • Limited in office testing such as rapid strep testing, urine tests, pregnancy tests
  • Giving medications at school on as needed basis such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin)
  • Offer advice on health topics
  • Health screening such as vision screening

Other schools in the Kaimuki McKinley Roosevelt aren’t left out. Cortney is available for consult to the school health aides and principals.