Maine Department of Education, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and Avel eCare Partner to Bring Virtual School Nurse Services to Maine Schools


Innovative new partnership will provide nursing coverage and flexibility to help schools care for students

AUGUSTA, Maine, March 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Maine Department of Education, Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Avel eCare have partnered to provide telehealth nursing services to school districts across the state, enabling access to nursing services in communities that are struggling with staffing and workload pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 and the national shortage of school nurses.

To develop these school nursing services, the state of Maine used part of its federal COVID-19 relief funding to pilot a program with Avel eCare. The eCare School Health program, which has been an Avel service line since 2015, provides school nursing services virtually through a secure two-way video mobile unit. The service is offered free of charge to schools.

“Our school nurses have been on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for students and providing critical support to keep students, staff and schools safe. They are absolute heroes,” the education commissioner said. Pender Makin. “We also know that they are burnt out and burned out and that many schools have been unable to find the experienced school nursing staff they need. This partnership with Avel eCare, made possible through federal funds, offers additional nursing support to help address shortages in our schools and expand the care we provide to our students.”

“We are thrilled to be part of this important effort to provide telehealth school nursing services to Maine schools as part of strengthening from Maine school-based health programs,” the health and social services commissioner said. Jeanne Lambew. “This model fills gaps in school nursing coverage, helps schools maintain safe and healthy environments, and reduces barriers to learning by providing effective preventative care. School nurses have been invaluable during the COVID pandemic -19 and are a trusted resource for their students, school staff and communities.”

According to a recent US CDC report, school nurses help students improve their academic performance and can also have a significant impact on the wider community. For example, every dollar invested in a school nursing program saves society $2.20 due to a reduction in emergency room visits and time off for parents to care for sick children.

“Even before the pandemic, the lives of school nurses were busy. Today, their work has expanded to include public health, and that work is simply too big to do alone. We are grateful to have the support from Avel eCare to help our nurse provide the daily healthcare services our children need,” said Tara McKechniePrincipal of Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School in Mainewhich was among the first schools to implement the virtual school nurse program.

The program is currently accepting applications and eligible schools are invited to apply today take advantage of available grants. K-12 schools, once they complete an online application, will then receive direct support from the eCare School Health Team, at no cost to schools, until June 2023.

Maine Department of Education Director of Communications Marcus Mrowka at
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Director of Communications for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Jackie Farwell at
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Avel eCare
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