HHS announces new investment inschool-based health centers

Today Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards of more than $80 million to 197 school-based health center programs across the country, made possible by the Affordable Care Act. 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.

“Thesenew investments will help school-based health centers establish new sites orupgrade their current facilities to keep our children healthy,” said Secretary Sebelius.

School-based health centers enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend school and improve the overall health and wellness of all children through health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities.

The proposal was prepared by the Public Health Department of Seattle and King County, accompanied by a letter of support from the Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition.  The award is for$212,590.

For more information contact Jessica Knaster Wasse, MPH | Community & School-Based Partnerships, Public Health – Seattle & King County |206.263.8350

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov. For a full list of awards,
visit: www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/121218schoolbasedawards.html