Physical Health Impacts Student Learning

  • The District’s Office of Physical Health aims to create a safe and healthy learning environment by removing health-related barriers so that students can learn, grow, and thrive.

    Health-related Services and Initiatives

    • Nurses: All DPSCD schools have a nurse that provides health services. Students in Center-based schools may have 1:1 nurses to provide specialized care.
    • Dental Services: The district provides on-site comprehensive dental care services to maintain a student's oral health. The dental team provides oral health education, regular check-ups, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, extractions (primary teeth), fillings, and fluoride. We are prepared to assist in finding emergency dental care when unexpected situations arise. We are committed to not only treating dental issues but also to promoting lasting oral health through prevention, restoration, and education. Good oral health leads to healthier smiles and better overall well-being.
    • Vision Services: Vision screening and glasses for students in need are available. 
    • Behavioral Health Services: In addition to school social workers and school counselors, the District has a partnership with multiple behavioral health agencies that provide behavioral health services directly inside all of our schools.
    • School-Based Health Centers: Our school-based health center partners provide students with a full spectrum of health-related services, from physicals to managing chronic disease, behavioral health issues, and more.
    • Immunizations: We provide childhood immunizations, COVID and Flu vaccines through our DPSCD Nurse Vaccine Teams.


Health Forms


  • Office of Physical Health
    9th floor, Fisher Building | 3011 W. Grand Blvd | Detroit, MI 48202


    Nursing Team

    Denise Cade, RN, DNP, MSN-ed

    Senior Director of Nursing

    O (313)748-6470  


    Health Hubs

    Japari Gadzama, MPH, RN, CHES®

    Assistant Director

    Cell: (313) 929-7802Office: (313) 748-6333


    Oral Health

    Laura Wright

    Oral Health Coordinator

    Cell: (313) 799-3890


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Mental Health Tips for Students from TRAILS


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    Support Your Student's Mental Health
    During COVID-19

    The DPSCD partner, TRAILS, which has assisted the District in mental and behavioral health supports, has put together a resource document for DPSCD families. This resource provides guidance and recommendations to families for

    1. Talking with children and teens about Coronavirus/COVID-19
    2. Supporting school-age youth with effective coping strategies
    3. Recognizing healthy and unhealthy coping skills (such as self-harm or substance abuse)

    Please follow the link here for access to the resource.