$14 Million for SBHCs

California's SBHCs make health care accessible for students.

Kings Canyon Unified School District officials and community members break ground on a new SBHC.

A total of $14.34 million in federal funding was awarded to 31 school-based health centers (SBHCs) across California on December 19. Made 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 more than $189 million in grants that have been awarded to 520 SBHCs nationally since 2011. There are 200 SBHCs in California serving more than 205,000 children, with at least 40 centers in the works.

Download our press release on the grants.

In California, 70 SBHC grants totaling more than $30 million have been awarded since 2011 – the most of any state – in an effort to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children. The three rounds of funding mark the first federal investment directed solely to SBHCs, with grants being used to establish new sites or upgrade existing facilities. Data show that SBHCs help decrease absenteeism, reduce unnecessary and costly emergency room visits, and ensure quality and cost-effective care for children and adolescents.

“School-based health centers are redefining the way we think about health care for kids and teens,” said Serena Clayton, Executive Director of the California School Health Centers Association (CSHC). “Health means getting kids preventive care, keeping them in school, and keeping them out of emergency rooms, jails, and unemployment lines. These grants take a bold step forward in reaching more kids. We hope the government will follow through with additional funding for staffing to make these clinics sustainable investments.”

Congress has yet to make available $50 million in operations funding nationally that would go to help staff SBHCs with nursing practitioners, mental health providers, administrators, and more. CSHC is working with the National Assembly of School-Based Health Centers (NASBHC) to urge inclusion of these funds in the President’s forthcoming budget.

SBHCs provide the same high-quality primary health care available in doctors’ offices or clinics. In addition, because of their location on a school campus, SBHCs are able to offer expanded preventive services such as health education, nutrition and physical activity, violence and bullying prevention, and leadership opportunities for youth to build career skills. At least 70% of students served by California’s SBHCs receive free and reduced price school meals.

Grants were awarded to the following California SBHCs:

Clinic City

Amount

Alameda Family Services Alameda

$412,200

Clinica Sierra Vista Bakersfield

$360,000

Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles Bell Gardens

$500,000

Lifelong Medical Care, Inc. Berkeley

$500,000

Borrego Community Health Foundation Borrego Springs

$497,600

Altamed Health Services Corporation Commerce

$428,346

Fresno Unified School District Fresno

$277,407

Children’s Clinic Serving Children and their Families Long Beach

$500,000

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Inc. Los Angeles

$500,000

Los Angeles Unified School District Los Angeles

$300,000

JWCH Institute, Inc. Los Angeles

$486,720

County of Contra Costa Martinez

$500,000

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc. Nipomo

$500,000

Mission City Community Network, Inc. North Hills

$500,000

Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland

$500,000

Fred Finch Children’s Home, Inc. Oakland

$500,000

United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley Parlier

$425,585

Petaluma Health Center, Inc. Petaluma

$500,000

Rowland Unified School District Rowland Heights

$500,000

Effort, Inc. Sacramento

$500,000

La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. San Diego

$426,525

Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc. San Diego

$500,000

San Leandro Unified School District San Leandro

$500,000

Health Mobile Santa Clara

$500,000

Southwest Community Health Center Santa Rosa

$458,807

Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation Torrance

$413,489

Tulare Community Health Clinic Tulare

$481,000

Tulare Local Health Care District Tulare

$500,000

Salud para la Gente Watsonville

$500,000

East Valley Community Health Center, Inc. West Covina

$500,000

MMC for Children and Families West Sacramento

$376,774

TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDING                $14,344,453

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *