A new mobile medical van, electronic health records and a portable building to house a new clinic are just some of the items four school-based health centers (SBHCs) in California will be purchasing thanks to $1.6 million in federal grants awarded on Dec. 8.
Of the 45 grantees nationwide, four are in California: Oakland, Los Angeles, North Hollywood and San Ysidro.
The grants are part of federal health care reform, which for the first time in history includes a dedicated federal funding stream specifically for SBHCs. Section 4101(a) of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka health care reform) designates $200 million over four years for the construction of and equipment for SBHCs.
This is a competitive grant process and the awards are distributed by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funds are used for everything from renovation and electronic health records to mobile medical vehicles and equipment.
California’s school-based health centers that were awarded a total of $1,664,695 in health care reform grants are:
- Asian Pacific Health Care Venture (Los Angeles) $494,300
- Centro de Salud de la Comunidad (San Ysidro) $485,861
- Oakland Unified School District $423,098
- Valley Community Clinic (North Hollywood) $261,436