BPS Health Services Supervisor Hannah Hatch, left, and Licensed School Nurse Tracy Princivalli.
Recognizing excellence in health and wellness
Bloomington Public Schools Health Services staff not only tend to students’ tummy aches, bumps and bruises. They perform tube feedings, blood glucose monitoring, wound care, lice identification and much more. To recognize all the work the 29-person team does to keep students and the community healthy, Bloomington Advisory Board of Health chose them to be the recipients of this year’s Health and Wellness Award.
BPS Health Services staff cover two high schools, three middle schools, two preschool programs, a transition program (ages 18 – 21), 10 elementary schools and the non-public schools in Bloomington.
Whether Health Services associates are teaching students about how to cough into their elbow, how to properly wash their hands or broader health topics such as diabetes, it’s through education that students learn how to keep themselves and others healthy.
“Healthy kids mean a healthy community,” said Licensed School Nurse Tracy Princivalli. “It’s not just about just treating an illness, it’s about promoting wellness.”
Health Services staff keep their community ties strong through home visits, working with the City of Bloomington, participating in community trainings and referring families to the Health Commons at Pond.