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The Relentless School Nurse: ‘Zooming’ In On COVID-19 | Health’s Up

Health’s Up continues to break new pathways in health education! The latest edition Zoom’s into a virtual classroom to answer questions from students about COVID-19.  Health’s Up is the brainchild of Dr. Kristi Westphaln, a pediatric nurse practitioner doing her post-doctoral work at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Kristi is a self-proclaimed “wannabe school nurse.” The brilliance of Health’s Up is that it is driven by the “experts,” the students, who determined what they were most interested in learning. This is promoting student engagement at the highest level by including the learners in designing their educational experience. 

The Health’s Up project is more than just a project to me. It is the embodiment of a dream that weaves child choice and voice into their health experiences.

Health’s Up  is an innovative participatory pediatric health education project that partners local inner city Cleveland elementary schools, child health experts, and Cleveland’s NPR affiliate, Ideastream, to transform local child health education via engagement, evidence, and exploration.” – Kristi K. Westphaln, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

Mrs. McClusky and some of her class from Saints Robert and William Catholic School in Euclid give a thumbs up during a Zoom session with Health’s Up team members, Anna Huntsman (top left) and host Kristi Westphaln (top center). [Anna Huntsman / ideastream]

‘Zooming’ In On COVID-19 | Health’s Up

The kids have a virtual dance party with Health’s Up team members and Dr. Elizabeth Benninger from University Hospitals. Dancing is a great way to make both our bodies and minds feel better.


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