North Carolina's School-Based Health Centers Bring Comprehensive Primary Care Services to Underserved Adolescents

Making the Grade: State/Local Partnerships for School-Based Health Centers

From 1994 to 2001, staff at the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Women and Children's Health created model comprehensive school-based health centers (SBHCs) and standardized practices, developed a comprehensive financing system and helped expand the centers in the state.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Making the Grade: State and Local Partnerships to Establish School-Based Health Centers national program.

Key Results: The Making the Grade project in North Carolina accomplished the following:

  • Assisted by project staff, community partners in Wayne and Forsythe counties each established two new school-based health centers.
  • Across the state, 26 North Carolina communities have sponsored 50 school-based health centers (46 survive today).
  • To promote adoption of the comprehensive SBHC model, the project developed a three-tiered credentialing system based on the scope and comprehensiveness of the services provided at each center.
  • The project developed a comprehensive financing strategy for the centers.