The Connect to Care program provides asthma care by telemedicine at select Kansas City Public Schools locations. It is the first Children’s Mercy pilot program to offer telemedicine specialty care in a school setting.
In-school care for students with asthma
The Connect to Care program works with students who have poorly controlled asthma or are having asthma-related challenges that require specialized care. Schools in the pilot program include:
- Wendell Phillips Elementary School
- Phillis Wheatley Elementary School
- Whittier Elementary School
- Foreign Language Academy
How it works
The program is a partnership between the Children’s Mercy pulmonology team and school nurses in each of the participating schools. Qualifying students will attend virtual appointments with a Children’s Mercy pulmonologist, who will be in their Children’s Mercy office, while the student will be in the school nurse’s office.
A team approach
Parents and caregivers are active partners in the appointments, too. They can choose to be there with their child or attend virtually. A Children's Mercy telemedicine nurse will also be present in the school nurse’s office to help the doctor with the in-person parts of the appointment.
The telemedicine nurse will gather health information, take vitals, perform spirometry (lung function testing), facilitate the physical exam, and provide asthma action plan education and inhaler teaching as needed.
Parents and caregivers: find out how to sign your child up for the program and what to expect at the virtual appointment.