School Health Program

The Division of Community Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Nicklaus Children's Hospital was founded in 1991 to enhance the health and well being of the children of South Florida. The division advances the hospital’s commitment to all children of the region, through advocacy, health promotion, and community outreach to promote prevention of illness and early identification of life-threatening diseases. Program components include:

  • Medical and dental preventive outreach services
  • Health promotion and education
  • Forging of community collaborations and partnerships
  • Advocating to promote better health for children and adolescents

Medical Outreach to Serve Those in Need

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Division of Community Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine provides medical outreach through a variety of programs to bring healthcare to children in need.

Division of Community Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine


To provide early, accessible preventive and interventional health services to improve the health status of children and adolescents in South Florida by early identification of risk factors that affect their health through the implementation of clinical, educational and research programs.


Nicklaus Children's Hospital will be recognized as a national leader in disease prevention, health policy/advocacy and health promotion efforts by addressing the health needs of children and adolescents. This vision will be driven by ongoing monitoring, assessment leading to policy-making oriented towards the prevention of diseases and related risk factors, therefore improving morbidity and mortality rates.

The Children's Trust

School-Based Programs

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Division of Community Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine is partnering with The Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County to offer school-based health clinics, as part of the Health Connect in Our Schools Program.

This initiative, which provides a nurse practitioner and licensed practical nurse (LPN) at high-risk schools, provides preventive and basic school health services in an effort to decrease absenteeism and improve health outcomes of the student population. The program also seeks to assign “medical homes” for children without a pediatrician.

Services offered through the program include:

  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Child health check-ups
  • Referral for follow up at the medical home
  • Height, weight and body mass index
  • Health promotion and education services
  • Scoliosis screening
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Nurse assessment
  • First aid and emergency care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Communicable disease control
  • Medication management

Classes and Programs to Promote Children’s Well Being

The Division of Community Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine offers a variety of health and safety classes and programs for parents, caregivers and children. Topics and programs include:

  • Sport Injury prevention workshops for parents and coaches of young athletes
  • Court-ordered child passenger restraint course (C.R.O.P.)
  • Safe Sitter Program (16-hour program that instructs teens in caring for small children)
  • First aid
  • Safe Transport of Children with Special Needs, offering assistance in the selection of safety seats for proper fit and installation, and appropriateness for child’s overall passenger safety needs. Sponsored by the Florida
    Department of Transportation.
  • Safety on Wheels rallies, available on request to teach children about safety and inspect bikes, helmets and other wheeled craft for safety
  • Safety health fairs (offered on campus and on location)

Injury Prevention Program/SafeKids

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Division of Community Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine is Miami-Dade County’s lead organization for Safe Kids USA, a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14.

Locally the program focuses on reducing injuries to children by promoting and educating the community on child passenger safety, pedestrian/bike and wheeled sport safety and water/ drowning prevention, among other important safety topics. The passenger safety Buckle Up Program funded through SafeKids USA and the General Motors Foundation has been widely recognized by the Department of Pedestrian Safety, the State Department of Health, as well as nationally by the Department of Transportation and by the Institute of Health for Latino Children through the Corazon de mi Vida Car Seat Initiative.

These injury prevention programs have also been made possible in part from grants received from the Department of Transportation, the Ford Motor Company, United Automobile Insurance Company and SafeKids USA.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital has opened the first Car Seat Check Station for parents to ensure appropriate sizing and fitting of their children’s car safety devices.

Partnerships and Collaborations

The Division of Community Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine has forged partnerships with recognized local, state, national and international lead agencies in maternal/child health to include some of the following:

  • The World Health Organization
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee of the Academy’s Section on Community Pediatrics
  • Community Access to Child Health (CATCH)
  • The Vaccines for Children Program
  • The Florida Department of Health
  • Partnership for Healthier Communities
  • Healthy Start Program
  • The Head Start Program
  • The Children’s Trust
  • SafeKids USA
  • The March of Dimes
  • Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation
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