SB 698 outlines 4 focus areas for the Task Force:
- Examine other health care funding sources, including the billing of students’ health insurance for the costs of school health services provided at school, for the purpose of determining if schools may transition from using moneys received for education purposes to using moneys from the other health care funding sources to pay for school health services.
- Recommend sustainable funding sources for school health services that could be used to fund required school health screenings and to achieve the level of school nursing services described in ORS 336.201
- Recommend standards of school nursing practices that include outcome measures related to health transformation and academic performance.
- Recommend ways to create a coordinated school health services model and to foster and promote a noncompetitive strategy that is collaborative and that directs an appropriate level of funding to school nursing and school-based health centers.
Task Force Members
SB 698 outlined the appointment of one Senator, one Representative, and 12 members from various sectors that are involved with school based health services.
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Representative Gene Whisnant
Rebecca Austen, Director, Lincoln County Public Health
Yousef Awwad, Chief Financial Officer, Portland Public Schools
Marian Blankenship, Vice-President, Government and Community Relations, PacificSource Health Plans
Rhonda Busek, Provider Services Director, Health Systems Division, Oregon Health Authority
Pam Carlson, Director, Special Programs, Bend-La Pine School District
Nina Fekaris, Task Force Chair, School Nurse, Beaverton School District
Maureen Hinman, Policy Director, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance
Mitch Kruska, Director, Education Programs, Secondary Transition & Assessment, Oregon Department of Education
Margo Lalich, Task Force Vice-Chair, Director, School Health Services, Multnomah Education Service District (MESD)
Soren Metzger, Organizer, Oregon School Employees Association
Jeremiah Rigsby, Senior Manager, State and Federal Regulatory Affairs, CareOregon
Tom Sincic, Family Nurse Practitioner, Oregon Nurses' Association
Task Force on School Nursing Charter
Task Force on School Nursing Work Plan