An Evidence-Based Framework for Implementation of a School–Community Partnership

Ellen M. McCabe, Jeannine R. Kaskoun, Eleanor L. Murphy, Madeline Polkinghorn, Jaclynn A. Elkind

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School–community partnerships (SCPs) are collaborative efforts between schools and community organizations geared toward improving the health of school-age children through care coordination. These partnerships are ideal for youth with acute and chronic illness because they can implement evidence-based interventions and offer skills and education to support youth self-management and academic success. Utilizing the chronic condition of asthma as an exemplar, this article highlights several successful SCPs and how they are mutually beneficial to both the school and community. Additionally, this article offers strategies for stakeholders, including school nurses, to establish an SCP. SCPs lay the foundation for supporting community- and school-based health and lend themselves to a healthier future for youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalNASN School Nurses
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2021


  • asthma
  • care coordination
  • evidence-based care
  • health equity
  • school nurses
  • school–community partnership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Nursing


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