School Health

The School Health performance team of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy was created in 2012 with the mission of serving the Upstate through innovative education, and health promotion initiatives to improve the total health of children ages 0-21, in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

School Health is committed to developing innovative programs and intends to honor our commitment to excellence in:

  • Setting SMART goals
  • Assessing the impact of program initiatives
  • Building ongoing relationships with adult decision makers and other health experts

School Health is made up of four (4) programs:

Children's Hospital School Program

School is an important part of every child’s life. Participating in the familiar and “normal” activities of school can help children continue to achieve academic goals, interact with peers and cope by reducing the stress of hospitalization. In addition to helping children maintain academic skills, School Program staff helps to make the transition from hospital back to school as smooth as possible. The Hospital School is staffed by a certified teacher.

Who is eligible to participate?
The School Program is available to children in kindergarten through 12th grade and to children whose chronic illnesses require frequent hospital admissions.

What services are provided?
The School Program offers direct instruction, exam proctoring, course-specific tutoring and assists with transitioning a child back into school. Parents can help by bringing books and assignments to the hospital, encouraging their child to participate in the School Program, and by discussing any academic needs or accommodations that his or her child has with the hospital school teacher.

With parent permission, the hospital teacher will contact the child’s home school to coordinate assignments while the child is hospitalized. Assignments can be faxed to (864) 455-6765 or emailed directly to the Hospital School Teacher. In addition, parents can bring books and assignments for planned admissions.

Classrooms are equipped with technology and engaging school-related resources, such as iPads, computers, books, Promethean Board, and educational standards-driven games.

Children are instructed individually, in small groups in Children’s Hospital classroom or at the bedside as needed. Help coordinating homebound teaching services will be provided for students unable to return to school after leaving the hospital.

After discharge, documentation of completed assignments is sent to the home school.

Our full-time Hospital School Teacher works with patients Monday-Friday.

For School Program inquiries or questions please contact:
Prisma Health Children’s Hospital – Upstate  School Program
Kristen Motte, Hospital School Program Teacher
(864) 455-6761 | (864) 455-6765 – fax | kristen.motte@prismahealth.org

Hallways to Health

Hallways to Health is a school-based health promotion initiative with a goal to change the health culture of schools by not only teaching health education in the health room, but also in the school’s hallways, classrooms, cafeterias and surrounding neighborhoods. The program’s focus is on promoting nutrition, active living, social and emotional health by engaging students and families in interactive activities.

Bicycle Skills Clinic

The Bicycle Skills Clinic is a bicycle skills and safety education curriculum targeting youth, ages 9 to 11 in 4th or 5th grade. The program is delivered through elementary school physical education programs and some out-of-school community centers.

The primary goal of this program is to increase the number of safe youth bicycle riders who ride for both fitness and transportation.

Bike trailers are available for reservation by trained adult leaders. Teachers who wish to have access to both the curriculum and the bicycles must attend a Bicycle Skills Clinic Instructor Training session. These training sessions are held several times during the year. The Bicycle Skills Clinic Curriculum has been aligned with SC State Standards in both Physical Education and Health education. This curriculum is also aligned with Math and ELA Common Core Standards of Learning.

For more information on the Bicycle Skills Clinic, please contact:
Joy Venable, Special Project Coordinator
(864) 454-2114 | kvenable@ghs.org

Childhood obesity prevention program

Bradshaw Institute’s comprehensive health promotion includes a childhood obesity prevention program, which aims to increase physical activity and improve nutrition behaviors during the preschool years, when children’s preferences and habits are first being formed. The program, called Farm To Belly, is held at SHARE Head Start Centers and specifically targets families living in areas of high poverty and food insecurity.

In addition to promoting fun and catchy health messaging in the classroom, the Farm To Belly program (in partnership with Feed & Seed and with evaluation support from Clemson University) emphasizes moving, learning and growing by cooking, shopping for and sharing healthy food. By partnering with several local educational, business and non-profit groups, hundreds of families receive free recipe kits with fresh ingredients, training, in-school farmers’ market access and garden programming in Head Start Child Care centers. The long-term goal of Farm To Belly is to make kid- and family-endorsed fresh, local food available at affordable prices in neighborhood markets.

The coordinator of our obesity prevention program is also a master trainer with the Choosy Program (Choose Healthy Options Often & Start Young®) with Choosy Kids, LLC. Choosy is a friendly children’s character and ambassador for healthy choices. Choosy recognizes that preferences for food, physical activity, and health habits are “learned” from others early in life. Choosy’s name is tied to his behavior, and his message is simple: Be Choosy Be Healthy®

The goal of the Choosy Program is the improvement of children’s physical activity and nutrition behaviors during the preschool years, when children’s preferences and habits are first being formed. The Choosy program focuses on delivering consistent health messages via the significant spheres of influence surrounding the preschool child, namely the child’s parents, the childcare center, and the child’s pediatrician.

  • As an ambassador for healthy children, Choosy wants to help prevent childhood obesity.
  • Choosy is a role model who encourages healthy decision-making from all of us.
  • Choosy assists parents, teachers, doctors, and dentists by supplying consistent health messages.
  • Choosy recognizes that preferences for food, physical activity, and health habits are “learned” from others early in life.
  • Choosy helps grown-ups to facilitate movement and nutrition experiences of young children so that healthy preferences are reinforced early and often.
  • Choosy helps to promote healthy messages and behaviors in homes, child care centers, agencies, physician and dentist offices, and schools with lively songs, activities, and helpful materials.
  • Choosy’s name is tied to his behavior, and his message is simple: Be Choosy Be Healthy®

Kerry McKenzie, MS | Special Project Coordinator
Office: (864) 498-3140 | Fax: (864) 454-1114
kmckenzie@ghs.org

“Medical Minute” Health Curriculum

In collaboration with GHS Pediatric Residents, the School Health division has created a series of “Medical Minute” presentations that are intended to enhance weekly health lessons taught by 6th-8th grade Physical Education (PE) Teachers. Each “Medical Minute” gives a medical perspective of health topics that are being taught by PE teachers in the health classroom. A “Medical Minute” can be presented either by GHS Pediatric Resident physicians or in an online video format that teachers can access via the link below. Each “Medical Minute” presentation is a 15-20 minute mini-lesson designed to be embedded into the main lesson presented by the PE teacher making this a new, innovative partnership between teacher and physician.

For instance, a 6th grade class may learn about the health implications of sugary drinks from their PE teacher and then learn about diabetes from a GHS physician. While, a 7th grade lesson on “Screen Time and Its Consequences” taught by a PE teacher could be accompanied by a “Medical Minute” about health effects of regular exercise presented by a doctor. An 8th grade lesson focusing on drug abuse is enhanced with a “Medical Minute” about nicotine addiction and your health.

Both students and physicians learn from each other through this unique partnership as health topics are presented to classes, and our GHS residents learn about school culture and adolescent health as part of an Adolescent Rotation.

This program is currently offered in 4 Greenville County Schools – Berea Middle, Tanglewood Middle, Lakeview Middle, and Greenville Early College.

For School Program inquiries or questions please contact:
Kristen Motte, Hospital School Program Teacher
(864) 455-6761 | Fax – (864) 455-6765
kristen.motte@prismahealth.org

Grade 6

Grade-Content-Standard-IndicatorVideo
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
D-6.1.2Preventing Lung Disease
Injury Prevention and Safety
N/AInjury Prevention
Mental, Emotional, and Social Health
M-6.1.3Resilience and Health 101
M-6.7.1Strategies to Improve Mental and Emotional Health
Nutrition
N-6.1.5, N-6.1.6, N-6.3.1Build a Balanced Lunch
N-6.1.4, N-6.1.6, N-6.7.1GO-SLOW-WHOA Foods
N-6.1.1, N-6.1.4, N-6.1.5Diabetes
Personal and Community Health
P-6.3.1, P-6.7.1Personal Hygiene (Males)
P-6.3.1, P-6.7.1Personal Hygiene (Females)
P-6.1.2, P-6.1.3Dental Health Practices
P-6.1.1Communicable Diseases
P-6.5.1N/A
Grade-Content-Standard-IndicatorVideo
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
D-6.1.2Preventing Lung Disease
Injury Prevention and Safety
N/AInjury Prevention
Mental, Emotional, and Social Health
M-6.1.3Resilience and Health 101
M-6.7.1Strategies to Improve Mental and Emotional Health
Nutrition
N-6.1.5, N-6.1.6, N-6.3.1Build a Balanced Lunch
N-6.1.4, N-6.1.6, N-6.7.1GO-SLOW-WHOA Foods
N-6.1.1, N-6.1.4, N-6.1.5Diabetes
Personal and Community Health
P-6.3.1, P-6.7.1Personal Hygiene (Males)
P-6.3.1, P-6.7.1Personal Hygiene (Females)
P-6.1.2, P-6.1.3Dental Health Practices
P-6.1.1Communicable Diseases
P-6.5.1N/A

Grade 6

Grade-Content-Standard-IndicatorVideo
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
D-6.1.2Preventing Lung Disease
Injury Prevention and Safety
N/AInjury Prevention
Mental, Emotional, and Social Health
M-6.1.3Resilience and Health 101
M-6.7.1Strategies to Improve Mental and Emotional Health
Nutrition
N-6.1.5, N-6.1.6, N-6.3.1Build a Balanced Lunch
N-6.1.4, N-6.1.6, N-6.7.1GO-SLOW-WHOA Foods
N-6.1.1, N-6.1.4, N-6.1.5Diabetes
Personal and Community Health
P-6.3.1, P-6.7.1Personal Hygiene (Males)
P-6.3.1, P-6.7.1Personal Hygiene (Females)
P-6.1.2, P-6.1.3Dental Health Practices
P-6.1.1Communicable Diseases
P-6.5.1N/A