What is MY Health-e-Schools?
MY Health-e-Schools is improving access to healthcare for students in Mitchell and Yancey counties in western North Carolina through telemedicine. The technology is based on high-definition videoconferencing using specially equipped stethoscopes and cameras so that a centrally located health care provider can examine students at multiple schools without traveling. We collaborate with primary care physicians to provide many services, including addressing acute issues such as the common ear ache or stomach ache, chronic disease management, medication management, well-child check-ups, sports physicals, adolescent medicine consultations, and telepsychology / telebehavioral health.
What purpose does this serve?
Using telemedicine to connect patients to quality health care providers is a proven way to increase access to health services, especially in rural areas; however, the idea of a school-based telemedicine program is unique. MY Health-e-Schools allows school nurses to connect ill students with health care providers. School-based health centers have been shown to improve attendance and reduce barriers to learning. MY Health-e-Schools increases classroom attendance for students and decrease time spent away from work for the parent or care giver of the student.
Here is how our program works:
Are there other ways this equipment supports the schools?
Since Fall 2011, the MY Health-e-Schools program has purchased and installed approximately $100,000 worth of videoconferencing hardware on the Mitchell County Schools network. We are working with both school districts to help them use this for video conferencing, continuing education for faculty, and staff and community organizations, and virtual field trips for the student body.
"The nurse was knowledgeable about my son's condition and helped me in understanding and treating at home for on-going bronchitis. The nurse was able to see my son, diagnose his condition, and prescribe medication to him even before I got to the school from work. It was quick and easy and saved my son and me a lot of time."
Rebekkah, parent of an enrolled student
"We are excited to have this opportunity, as there are students in this rural school that are not taken to the doctor when they are sick for various reasons, and this will provide a much needed service to this community."
Angie Anglin, Principal, Clearmont Elementary School
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment at your school, contact your school nurse or call 828-467-8815.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828- 467-8815
Clinic Hours: 8am - Noon, All School Days
- Deyton Elementary
- Gouge Elementary
- Greenlee Primary
- Bowman Middle
- Harris Middle
- Mitchell High
- Mayland Early College
- Bald Creek Elementary
- Bee Log Elementary
- Burnsville Elementary
- Clearmont Elementary
- Micaville Elementary
- South Toe Elementary
- Mountain Heritage High School
Forms can be completed online, printed, and signed, OR printed out and completed by hand. The forms may be returned to your child's school, or by mail to:
MY Health-e-Schools, PO Box 1375, Bakersville, NC 28705.
- Student Enrollment Form
- Paquete de Inscripción en Español - Estudiante
- Adult Enrollment Form
- Paquete de Inscripción en Español - Adulto
Resources and Links
- Healthy Yancey
Health information and resources for Yancey County
Health information and resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- healthychildren.org en Español
Información sobre la salud y los recursos de la Academia Americana de Pediatría
Health information for the whole family
- Eat Smart, Move More NC
Wellness information and resources
Weight management program for kids and teens
- Substance Abuse Resource Guide for Mitchell and Yancey Counties
Mental health resources
Free tobacco use cessation services
- NC 2-1-1 United Way of NC
Area resources by county
Find help with the cost of medicine
Connecting kids to insurance coverage
Health Insurance Marketplace information
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