National Grant Program Funds School-Based Comprehensive Health Services

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National Grant Program Funds School-Based Comprehensive Health Services


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is funding a $23.2 million national grant program to help bring school-based comprehensive health services to the Nation's school-age children who face unmet heath care needs.

"Children comprise a substantial proportion of the uninsured population in America," said Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., foundation president, announcing the program. "Comprehensive school-based health care is a practical solution for getting these kids the care they need and that we want them to have."

The 5-year program, titled, "Making the Grade: State and Local Partnerships to Establish School-Based Health Centers," invites State governments to join in partnership with communities and their school districts to develop plans for initiating or expanding a school-based health care program. The State government partners will be responsible for reducing funding barriers for school-based health centers and for promoting mid-level practitioner training. The community partners will be expected to organize local support and technical assistance crucial to the success of a school-based health care initiative.

As many as 12 States will receive up to $100,000 for a 15-month planning phase beginning in January 1994. During this period, each State will review State laws and regulations; develop a specific plan to reduce or eliminate barriers to integrating school-based services; develop criteria for selecting local school districts to participate and then identify two or three to do so; and develop innovative ways to encourage the training of midlevel practitioners. …

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