Hazel at no cost to families during the 2020-21 school year →

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When kids are healthy, both physically and mentally, they are better prepared to learn and achieve.
2 min read
February 22, 2019
Hazel Team
The editorial staff at Hazel are a diverse group of writers and professionals.

Victor is in 5th grade and he has already missed 13 days of school since the beginning of the school year. Victor has a variety of ongoing chronic health issues, and as a result of all the class he’s missed, he is falling behind. Because his family doesn’t have easy access to a doctor, Victor has stopped telling his parents when he feels ill; he feels bad inconveniencing them.

Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon scenario.

More than 8 million children in the United States, approximately 1 in 6 students, miss 15 or more days of school each year. These students are considered chronically absent and are at risk of poor school performance and dropping out.

The culprit? Research shows that chronic absenteeism is linked to poor health.

When kids are healthy, both physically and mentally, they are better prepared to learn and achieve. Yet, 21% of children in the United States live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level; many of these children have inadequate health insurance, live in medically underserved communities, and have limited access to health care practitioners who can address their basic health needs.

Hazel Health was built to provide access to healthcare in schools, where children spend most of their time, by ensuring all students receive care at no cost to families. By operating virtual medical clinics supported by a network of doctors, Hazel lowers costly urgent care visits, reduces chronic absenteeism and aims to improve academic outcomes.

Hazel partners with school nurses to connect students with a provider to treat acute situations, prescribe 15 different over-the-counter medicines, and conduct health screenings when needed. School nurses play a critical role in improving and preserving student health, and we’re proud to support the great work they do for our children in schools.

Built and backed by seasoned educators, technologists and healthcare practitioners, Hazel was inspired by the founding team’s undertaking to create a new pediatric healthcare landscape that promotes academic outcomes for all students. Nick Woods has a software background from Apple and startups, Rob Darzynkiewicz was a pediatric emergency director and Raquel Antunez worked in K-12 education as a teacher, principal, director and as an entrepreneur for full-district professional development Implementation. Hazel’s CEO, Josh Golomb, has a healthcare background, and most recently led a company called Paladina Health that operates national primary care clinics.

We have seen promising results with our partner schools. On average, 9 out of 10 students return to class after a Hazel visit, and there has been an overall 40% reduction in health-related absenteeism.

And we’re just beginning to scratch the surface.

We are excited to share our journey as we continue to invest in healthcare as a way to make students’ lives better — in health, performance, and beyond.

Healthy students. Healthy schools.

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COVID-19: Learn how Hazel can improve access to care for K-12 students
Hazel services are offered with $0 patient responsibility for all students through the 2020-21 school year for at-home or in-school doctor visits, due to these unprecedented times. Get in touch with us to learn more.
Parent Story
A father was concerned when his son was showing COVID-19 symptoms. His school uses Hazel, so he was able to contact a Hazel doctor from home.

The Hazel provider recommended he get a COVID-19 test and shared resources to help find a testing center in their area. The father was eager to help his son feel better and appreciated being able to quickly get answers and advice.
Nurse Story
A student came into the nurse's office with a sprained ankle. After icing her foot, she still was in pain, so the nurse called Hazel. Thankfully, her family had provided consent for over-the-counter pain relief because she was able to take some medicine and return to class feeling better.

After the visit, the Hazel provider reached out to the school nurse to check on the student’s injury. The nurse shared that the student’s ankle was improving, and she appreciated the follow-up.
Parent Story
A mother noticed her son was getting low on his asthma medication. She tried to schedule a visit with his doctor to refill his prescription, but no appointments were available. She didn’t want her son to run out of medicine, so she reached out to Hazel.

The provider was able to send the refill to a local pharmacy within one day. The mother was happy that her son would have the medicine he needed. She was also amazed at how easy and fast the entire process was.
Student Story
A student was coughing and sneezing a lot, but her family wasn’t sure if she was sick or had allergies. Thankfully, her school used Hazel, and they could get an answer.

After talking with the school nurse and the Hazel provider about her symptoms and medical history, the student was happy to find out it was likely allergies. She got some medicine and returned to class feeling better.
Student Story
During the pandemic, a high school student was having a hard time coping. She was sad about COVID-19 impacting her senior year, and she was worried about the state of the world. The student was also struggling with some personal conflicts, and she felt she didn't have the right support at home. After discussing her feelings, a Hazel doctor connected her with resources that she described as “life-changing.” She was very grateful and shared that she didn't know where to go for help before Hazel.
Parent Story
Shortly after COVID-19 began, a student began to develop tics. Her parents took her to a neurologist, but they wanted to get her into counseling as well. The student’s mother was having a hard time finding answers to her questions and didn’t know where to start the process, so she turned to Hazel.

The Hazel doctor listened as the mother shared her concerns and frustrations. Hazel reassured her that they would find the right services for her child. After the initial visit, the Hazel doctor partnered with the school counselor and the student’s mother to identify resources and counseling services that are a good fit.
Student Story
A student came into the nurse’s office because his vision went blurry. The Hazel doctor looked at his eyes, but he did not see any injury. As he asked him questions about his symptoms, he started to sense that he was down about something. After a few minutes, the student shared that he was really sad because his mom was recently diagnosed with cancer. He explained that he feels worried, and it’s hard for him to focus.

Hazel called home, and the student’s mother confirmed her diagnosis. They discussed how to help manage the child’s stress, and Hazel offered to connect the child with counseling resources through the school. The mother was very grateful for the guidance and was eager to get her child help during a stressful time.
Counselor Story
Hazel Health has been integral this year in getting our students the mental health services needed to help them live healthy lives.  The staff has been attentive, prompt, and resourceful. There is an evident sense of caring for the work they do and the students they serve. It has been a pleasure partnering with Hazel Health in providing mental wellness for our Garland ISD families.