Tag Archives: Health and Medical Services

HISD expands partnership with Hazel Health to offer no-cost care at every campus

As part of its new Continuum of Care model for student wraparound supports, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) is expanding its partnership with Hazel Health to every campus and Sunrise Center in the District. Currently offered at 88 campuses, Hazel Health services will be available Districtwide beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year, giving all HISD students access to no-cost telehealth care conveniently coordinated through their school.

Continue reading

Take advantage of Immunization Awareness Month with no-cost vaccines throughout Houston

As students prepare for a semester of new classrooms and old friends, and parents ready them with new pens and cool haircuts, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important new school year preparations: immunizations.

Continue reading

Here’s how to vote for Nurse of the Month

HISD’s Office of Talent and HISD’s Health and Medical Services will honor an Elementary School Nurse of the Month, and a Secondary School Nurse of the Month each month.  We recognize outstanding nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty as well as care for students and staff on a daily basis. During the 2021-2022 school year, 16 outstanding nurses will receive the “Nurse of the Month” honor, which include public recognition.

Continue reading

HISD employee COVID-19 vaccination opportunity

HISD is partnering with Next Level Health to provide two drive-through vaccination opportunities on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Hattie Mae White east parking lot. 

Next Level is providing the Pfizer vaccine. HISD staff who are interested in being vaccinated should register on the Next Level link below and complete the online health history and electronic consent form prior to arriving on site. Only staff members who pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to receive the vaccination. 

Register here for the COVID-19 vaccination.

Cars will enter the HMW east parking lot at their scheduled time and be checked in. After receiving the vaccine, the staff person will remain in the designated waiting area for 15 minutes of monitoring.

HISD school nurses get additional training on preventing spread of flu


HISD school nurses attended a training session recently on the best way to manage and prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as influenza.

In Texas, the flu is currently being reported at higher levels than this time last year. The same holds true for HISD, where more elementary school children have been diagnosed with the flu than other grade levels. Continue reading

Manager of Health & Medical Services named School Nurse Administrator of the Year

Gwendolyn Jonson poses for a photograph, May 5, 2014. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)

Gwendolyn Johnson

Earlier this year, Manager of Health & Medical Services Gwen Johnson was honored for her work at the local level by the Houston Chronicle during its annual Salute to Nurses. Now, she is getting recognition at the state level as the Texas School Nurse Organization’s 2014 School Nurse Administrator of the Year.

Johnson was nominated for the award by Lisa Blackmon-Jones, a nurse specialist in Health & Medical Services. Continue reading