Virginia’s Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District covers five counties: Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison and Orange. The students not only communicated public health information to residents in all five counties, but they also assisted wherever needed in connecting residents with county resources, from child care help to picking up groceries, in the event they were told to quarantine.
Earlier this month, student telehealth service company Hazel Health raised an additional $33.5 million dollars in funding. Investors in the quickly growing startup include Bain Capital Ventures, The UCSF (University of California San Francisco) Foundation Investment Company, and most notably, Centene Corporation, a large managed care and healthcare organization.
Hazel Health’s goal is to provide on-demand telehealth services to students. For schools, it explains its 4 step model:
- “Partnership: Hazel partners with school nurses and health services to expand healthcare services at school.”
- “Training: School nurses and staff are provided instruction to initiate appointments with students in need of care. This includes logging on the easy-to-use technology and taking basic vitals.”
- “Tools: Hazel provides all needed equipment for care; scale, thermometer, medical cart, iPad with stand, over-the-counter medications and more.”
- “Parent Information and Consent: Hazel works with schools to educate parents about the program. Parents decide whether to participate.”