This is an H3
District nurses, school nurses, health educators and school health resource specialists are integral leaders in promoting and reinforcing skin cancer prevention practices and policies in school districts. A recent article in the Journal of School Nursing notes that "school nurses are in a position to affect the health education curriculum, as well as school policies that promote sun safety behaviors.1"
Health professionals and educators not only impact the immediate health of students, they can also help create policy to protect students’ future health. School health professionals can educate students by making classroom visits, teaching student athletes about the importance of covering up in the sun, and talking to parents about how to help their children stay sun safe. In addition, health professionals can rally support for health policy change at the school and district level.
Community health professionals can also provide additional support to sun safety programs. Pediatricians, primary care providers, nurses, pharmacists and dermatologists can help lend credibility and expert guidance to sun safety education, policies and environmental changes. They can also be advocates for sun safety by volunteering as presenters for school assemblies, professional trainings, school board meetings, demonstrations and classroom visits.
Tips to involve Health Services:
- Encourage district nurses to discuss sun safety with all school nurses
- Invite a dermatologist to speak with district administrators
- Involve school nurses in policy or procedure development
1Boe K, Tillotson E. J Sch Nurs. 2006;22(3):136-141