School Wellness Program
Hillman School Wellness Program-
Welcome to the Hillman School Wellness Program. A school-based behavior and physical health program operated by the District Health Department No. 4 in collaboration with Hillman Community Schools with parent/guardian permission, conveniently located in your child’s school.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) collaborated to establish The Child and Adolescent Health Center program to increase access to basic health care for Michigan’s children, Teens, and young adults. The School Wellness Program has a strong focus on nutrition, physical activity and mental health in a confidential, non-judgmental and compassionate environment.
The school wellness model sites pair a registered nurse with a licensed mental health provider to provide clinical services, health education and referrals under the guidance of a licensed physician. The School Wellness program will provide limited services @ the two school location sites beginning 1/2/2024. The limited services will consist of health promotion, disease prevention, and education, as well as, identifying cases for management of chronic conditions. The limited services will extend until the clinic is fully open on 4/1/2024.
What is a School Wellness Program?
A Child and Adolescent Health Center Program offering
- Nursing assessments and comprehensive needs assessment
- Preventative care
- Health Screening and Health Education
- Medications administration from Standing Orders
- Case Findings
- Case management and care coordination for chronic conditions
- Referrals to primary care, specialty medical services
- Treatment for minor injuries
- Educator to school staff in areas relevant to the School Wellness Program
- Mental Health Care for mild to moderate severity
- Medicaid outreach services to eligible youth and families
Public Health Nurse-
Hillman's School Wellness Program
My name is Linda Flannigan. I am a Public Health Nurse for Hillman’s School Wellness Program (SWP). I am a graduate of Alpena Community College, ADN (1988) and Chamberlain College of Nursing, BSN Program (2010). My nursing career includes experiences in school nursing, acute care, rehabilitation, long term care, home care, case management, hospital discharge planning and utilization review.
I am married and have 7 children and 11 grandchildren. I love spending time with my family and creating new memories with them every chance I get. One of my passions is creating custom cookies and macarons. I also enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. I love camping and exploring new places. Years ago, my parents owned a small cabin in Hillman near Miller Creek. We fished for trout there and also ventured on Fletchers Flood Waters for pan fish. In the winter, my dad belonged to a hunting club across the road from our cabin. I always looked forward to venison and fish dinners. In the summer, we visited many garage sales in the Hillman area and always brought a quart of Dairy Queen vanilla ice cream for an evening treat. When I became an adult and started a family of my own, I chose to move to Northeast Michigan, it’s the best decision I ever made
I am excited to be part of the Hillman School Wellness Program (SWP), a program that is having a positive impact on the health of school-aged youth across the State of Michigan. I chose a nursing career because I have a genuine passion to help others of all ages, to provide health care and to promote wellness to those with acute and chronic health care needs, as well as preventative, and early intervention. I look forward to serving Hillman Community Schools in partnership with the District Health Department #4.