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HHS Invests in School-Based Health Centers

December 19, 2012

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has awarded more than $80 million to 197 school-based health center programs across the U.S. This funding will allow school-based health centers to serve an additional 384,000 students, and continue the expansion of preventive and primary health care services. 
 
The Affordable Care Act provides $200 million in funding from fiscal years 2010 – 2013 for the School-Based Health Center Capital Program (SBHCCP). The grants presented today by HHS Secretary Sebelius are the third in the series of awards that are made available to school-based health centers under the Affordable Care Act.  
 
“These new investments will help school-based health centers establish new sites or upgrade their current facilities to keep our children healthy,” explained Secretary Sebelius.
 
School-based health centers not only empower students with overall health and wellness education, but they also typically provide a combination of primary care, mental health care, substance abuse counseling, case management, annual health screenings, and dental health services.
 
“Healthy children are more productive children,” said Health Resources and Services Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.  “These grants will improve access to care for children, and help maximize their potential to learn.”
 
For a full list of awards, visit: www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/121218schoolbasedawards.html

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