Cherry Hill Healthy Schools Healthy Families Program
Calvert Moore, RN School Health Resource Coordinator
MedStar Harbor Hospital launched a program designed to improve the health and well-being of more than 1,400 students, family members and school staff. The Cherry Hill Healthy Schools Healthy Families Program uniquely includes putting a hospital employed registered nurse in four area schools.
When Dennis Pullin assumed his role as MedStar Harbor Hospital's president in 2009, he immediately began efforts to enhance MedStar Harbor's presence as a health partner to the community. MedStar Harbor Hospital serves some of the most vulnerable communities of Baltimore. As a member of MedStar Health's nine-hospital system, it also had additional support to help foster healthy behavior patterns among its youngest members.
“The health of children should not be a matter of luck or chance,” said Dennis Pullin, president of MedStar Harbor Hospital. “We know a student’s health is linked to his/her academic success and affects his/her ability to learn. Health related issues stemming from obesity, chronic illness, hunger, diabetes, asthma, and poor nutrition can be dramatically affected with the right resources in place.” Thanks to a generous grant from the Bank of America, and proceeds from the hospital's first signature gala, the 2010 Water Ball, MedStar Harbor Hospital has employed a registered nurse, Calvert Moore, to serve as a School Health Resource Coordinator.
Moore attends Arundel Elementary/Middle School, Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School, Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary/Middle School and Patapsco Elementary School. At each location, Moore creates a School Health Team comprised of parents, staff, school nurses, health aides and community members, who help identify the specific needs of each school. As a nurse educator, Moore facilitates access to services for children who have identified health needs, promotes healthy activities and wellness programs for parents and staff, collaborates with local community health resources to provide health education, and serves as a liaison between the hospital and the community.
MedStar Harbor's Healthy Schools Healthy Families Program