Comprehensive School-Based Health Center Program

Offered by PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education Office of Whole Child Supports

The Grant Application Form and Official Announcement can be found by clicking here: PARTNERS-Round-12-RFP_Deadline Extension.


Additional information below:


Background: According to the 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a study on the well-being of America’s children, Georgia ranks 38th in the nation in child well-being and 37th in education nationally. Georgia ranks in the bottom 20% in five categories: children in poverty; high-school students not graduating on time; teens not attending school and not working; low birth weight babies; children in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma. In addition, over 197,000 of Georgia’s children are uninsured and, as a result, do not have a medical home and have very limited access to routine health care.

Goals of the Comprehensive School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Program:
• To increase access to quality health care (physical, behavioral, oral), improve the delivery of health services, and improve the overall health of the children of Georgia.
• To improve the academic achievement of Georgia’s children through increased school attendance.
• To facilitate the expansion of school-based health centers throughout the state.
• To maintain the state alliance for school-based health centers –Georgia School-Based Health Alliance (GASBHA).
Through the expansion of school-based health center services, children in Georgia will benefit from improved access to primary health care, improved health outcomes, and improved school attendance. The state will benefit from reduced costs to the Medicaid system through the reduction in inappropriate emergency room visits; hospitalizations for chronic illnesses
(i.e., asthma, diabetes, etc.); and transportation costs.

Grant Purpose: The purpose of this request for proposals is to stimulate planning and facilitate collaboration and community discussion to expand the number of school-based health centers in Georgia.

Note: PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health (PARTNERS) and the Georgia Department of Education Office of Whole Child Supports will provide technical assistance throughout the planning process as needed and requested.

Award Amount: Up to $10,000. Project Period: 12 months

May 17, 2022: Publish, release, distribute RFP

June 10, 2022 10:00a – 11:00a: Video webinar for potential grantees to ask questions related to the grant application
Zoom Information: Meeting URL: / Meeting ID: 923 7860 8181
*If you have any additional questions after the webinar, please contact Carolyn Aidman at or call 678-472-5858 or Ruth Ellis at or call 678-673-9164

September 15, 2022: Proposal deadline: Submit to PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics Emory University ( Deadline via e-mail is 5:00 pm Via US mail, proposal must be postmarked no later than July 29, 2022 September 15, 2022

September 23,2022: Award selection
September 26, 2022: Award announcements
October 15, 2022: Funds released

Successful proposals will demonstrate:
1. How planning grant recipients will bring potential partners together in meetings, focus groups, planning teams, etc., to develop plans to improve the health of school students and their siblings. Potential partners should include, but are not limited to:
• Local planning organizations, i.e., Georgia Family Connection Partnership collaboratives;
• School systems, i.e., local school administrators (principals, teachers, etc.), school superintendents, school health personnel (nurses, social workers, counselors, etc.), and school boards;
• Medical service providers and 3rd party payers, i.e., Community Health Centers, local hospitals/emergency departments, universities, private physician offices, Medicaid Care Management Organizations (CMOs), private insurers;
• Medical and Training programs, i.e., academic centers;
• Public Health Departments;
• Behavioral and Mental Health Providers and organizations;
• Community leaders;
• Parents and PTA members;
• Faith community members;
• Local Chambers of Commerce and businesses.
Proposals should provide letters of support from key planning partners. Partners should include but not limited to: school systems (superintendent, school board, principal, etc.), local health systems (community health center, health department, private physicians, hospitals, mental health agencies or organizations, etc.), community partners (Family Connections, Chamber of Commerce, faith-based, parents or PTA representative).

2. Strategic plans to engage and facilitate discussions with potential partners to develop and expand community support for the concept of comprehensive school-based health care. It is expected that successful grantees will provide the names and affiliations of advisory board members within two months of receiving grant funds. It is strongly recommended that parents of the school children you propose to serve be included as members of the advisory board.

3. Capacity for clinic development within the school:
• Space allocation for on-site integrated primary care services
• Potential providers
• Potential funding grants or partners

4. Effective planning for resource development:
• Capacity for grant writing
• Facilitators
• Data collection and analysis

5. The development of specific outcomes measures for use of grant funds.
Grants will be approved for a 12-month planning period up to the amount of $10,000. The budget should include items for meeting facilitation, communications (i.e., postage, printing of flyers), community engagement activities, travel, office supplies, etc. Include in the budget the following expenditures:
• Membership in the School-Based Health Alliance. Visit their website at for information on this organization and their current organizational membership fee schedule.
• Attend three vital grantee meetings/workshops during the grant year (Post COVID:
mileage and hotel, if applicable; continental breakfast and lunch will be provided).
This is a planning grant. No funds are available for space renovation, furniture, medical equipment and supplies, and clinic operations.
• At 6 months, the grantee must submit a financial and progress report to include a completed needs assessment.
• At the end of the 12-month planning cycle, the grantee must submit a completed project report and a financial report. The project report must reflect a summary of outcomes measures as documented in the grant proposal, i.e., number of partners/collaborators and collaborative meetings, grants written, and overall progress toward plan development, etc. It should also provide a draft business plan and a summary of strategies for ongoing SBHC development past the 12-month planning period.
• PARTNERS and Georgia Department of Education Office of Whole Child Supports staff will also conduct monthly video conferences with each grantee to receive updates and assess technical assistance needs. Participation in these monthly video conferences are mandatory.
• An evaluator may be in contact with each grantee to collect data on partner engagement, community awareness and support, capacity building, and plans for marketing, recruitment, and resource development. Methods of data collection will include quarterly evaluation video conference calls, community readiness interviews (at the beginning and the end of the grant year), and a survey of community partners at the end of the grant year.

Contact and sources of additional information:
For general information please contact Deborah Holt at (cell: 404-966-4846) or Ruth Ellis at (cell: 678-673-9164)

For questions on the RFP, join us on June 10, 2022, for a video webinar. Zoom Information: Meeting URL:

Please visit the Georgia School-Based Health Alliance website at for information on activities in Georgia and various resources.

Please view a video on school-based health centers:

Submit proposals via e-mail to:
Submit proposals via US mail or Federal Express:
Deborah Holt
PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine 49 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303