Emory University Announces – Planning Grants for School Based Health Centers

 This week PARTNERS for Equity in Child & Adolescent Health releases its 2017 Request for Proposals for Comprehensive School Based Health Center planning grants.

Please view our video on school-based health centers: https://youtu.be/DJ0tB2DR23A

Background:  According to the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a study on the well-being of America's children, Georgia ranks 42nd in the nation in child well-being and 39th in education nationally. Georgia ranks in the bottom 10% in four categories: high-school dropouts; teens not attending school and not working; low birth weight babies; and children in single-parent families. In addition, over 189,000 of Georgia’s children are uninsured and as a result do not have a medical home and have very limited access to routine health care. 

Goals of the Comprehensive School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Program:

  • To increase access to quality health care (physical, behavioral, oral), improve the delivery of health services and improve the overall health of the children of Georgia.
  • To improve the academic achievement of Georgia’s children through increased school attendance.
  • To facilitate the expansion of school-based health centers throughout the state.
  • To establish a state alliance for school-based health centers – Georgia School-Based Health Alliance (GASBHA).

Through the expansion of school-based health center services, children in Georgia will benefit from improved access to primary health care, improved health outcomes, and improved school attendance. The state will benefit from reduced costs to the Medicaid system through the reduction in inappropriate emergency room visits; hospitalizations for chronic illnesses

(i.e., asthma, diabetes, etc.); and transportation costs.

 Grant Purpose:  The purpose of this request for proposals is to stimulate planning and facilitate collaboration and community discussion to expand the number of school-based health centers in Georgia. 

Note:  PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health(PARTNERS)will provide technical assistance throughout the planning process as needed and requested.

Award Amount:  Up to $10,000

Project Period: 12 months

 

If one or more of your counties has already received a planning grant, will you please forward this opportunity to other counties that may be interested?

Please get in touch with Ruth Ellis relli01@emory.edu or me caidman@emory.edu if you have questions or comments.

Best wishes,

 

Carolyn B. Aidman, PhD, Convener

 

Emory University Department of Pediatrics

www.pediatrics.emory.edu/centers/PARTNERS

caidman@emory.edu

678 472 5858