In 2012, Emory University’s Department of Pediatrics Urban Health Program received a grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation to fund the start-up of three comprehensive school-based health centers. The goals and objectives for this project included (but were not limited to):
- Increased access to healthcare for the uninsured, Medicaid and CHIP eligible children and adolescents;
- Improved health outcomes for underserved children and adolescents;
- Improved academic achievement through reduced absenteeism
Three sites were chosen, based on the communities’ previous planning activities:
- Lake Forest Elementary in Sandy Springs (Fulton County). This urban school has a large Hispanic population and a high free/reduced lunch rate.
- Tiger Creek Elementary in Tunnel Hill (Catoosa County). This school is in a rural community and also has a high free/reduced lunch rate.
- Turner Elementary in Albany (Dougherty County) located in an urban/rural community with a high free/reduced lunch rate.
Umbrella organizations were identified to provide medical and support staffing for the clinics. All are federally qualified health centers.
- Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc. was identified to partner with Lake Forest Elementary
- Primary Healthcare Center of Dade, Inc. was identified to partner with Tiger Creek Elementary
- Albany Area Primary Health Care Center, Inc. was identified to partner with Turner Elementary
All sites opened in 2013 and are providing medical, behavioral health, and health education services to the children of the school. Tiger Creek and Turner are also offering dental services.
In 2016, a grant was received from the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation to fund the start-up of two comprehensive school-based health centers. Both sites opened in September 2016.
- Lenora P. Miles Elementary located in southwest Atlanta staffed by H.E.A.L., Inc.
- Dobbs Elementary located in southeast Atlanta staffed by Southside Medical Center, Inc.
Funding has also been received from Zeist Foundation, R. Howard Dobbs Foundation, and Jesse Parker Williams Foundation to support SBHC start-ups at Chatsworth Elementary, Hollis Innovation Academy, and a mobile unit to serve 4 schools in DeKalb County.