HRSA ANNOUNCES FINAL ROUND OF SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER
CAPITAL FUNDING Funds Expand Health Care Access and Services for Thousands of Children and Youth.
More than $80 million in federal funding went to 197 school-based health care programs across the nation this week. Four grants were made to Ohio programs. The funding is available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and announced by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the funds are the third and final round of grants designed to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children. In 2011, HRSA awarded the first round of grants in an initial installment of $95 million, with a $14 million installment released later that year. Six Ohio programs received funding in the first round. The funding secured through the ACA was the first time federal funds were directed solely to SBHCs. Grants were available for construction, renovation, and equipment needs.
Congratulations, to the Ohio programs that received funding in this final round.
Healthcare Connection, Inc.
City of Cincinnati Primary Care/Cincinnati Health Department
Cincinnati City School District
Butler County Community Health Consortium, Inc DBA Primary Health Solutions
Click here for NASBHC’s state-by-state list of total funding.
Data show that school-based health centers help decrease absenteeism, reduce unnecessary and costly emergency room visits, and ensure quality and cost-effective care for children and adolescents.
While funding has been awarded for construction grants, there remains $50 million in operations funding that has yet to be allocated. These funds, which would go to help staff SBHCs with nursing practitioners, mental health providers, administrators and more, has not yet been made available by Congress. OSBHCA is working with other state affiliates and NASBHC to secure these funds.
Complete list of SBHCC grantees: http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/121218schoolbasedawards.html
Technical Assistance: OSBHCA 2012 Annual Meeting Presentations Available
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The Ohio School Based Health Care Association supports the health, well-being and long term success of Ohio’s children, adolescents, families, schools and communities throughpromotion of locally-tailored school based health care.
All Ohio’s children and adolescents are healthy and achieving their fullest potential.
1. To foster the growth of SBHCs
2. To establish, support and maintain sustainable models of SBHCs
3. To promote the use of evidence-based practices and measurable health outcomes