In collaboration with Saskatoon Public Schools and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, the School Wellness Team (SWT) from Saskatoon Health Region works to proactively strengthen children's physical and mental health by offering preventative health services in three elementary schools in the core neighborhoods of Saskatoon.
The three target schools are:
Pleasant Hill Community School
Princess Alexandra Community School
Saint Maria Goretti Community School
The School Wellness Team works to improve student health and academic out-comes in three targeted community schools in Saskatoon. Innovative, inter-professional and collaborative programming provided by the team results in synergistic energy in the classroom and community. These proactive, preventative strategies used with young children create a healthier society.
Value is added to the school and community through early identification of needs. A variety of screening tools are used to identify children and their families who re-quire additional supports. Successful interventions are developed by building trusting relationships with students, families and school staff.
The School Wellness Team enhances the accessibility of health services in the schools and extends services to the broader community. Alternative models of service delivery allows the team to build capacity through innovation, mutual learning and engagement of parents and teachers.
The School Wellness Team is currently staffed by a Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Language Pathology Assistant and a Social Worker.