School-Based Health Centers Gain Ground in Rhode Island

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

From 1994 to 2002, staff at Rhode Island Department of Health created four new school-based health centers (SBHCs), helped secure core funding from the state and worked with state agencies and other decision-makers to create more favorable state policies and stable funding for the centers.

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 Rhode Island Making the Grade project:

  • Created four new school-based health centers in Woonsocket and Pawtucket counties, bringing the state total to seven.
  • Helped secure core funding for school-based health centers from the state.
  • Created a state office to support school-based health centers.
  • Instituted data collection and monitoring through a standardized data report form.
  • Created the Rhode Island Assembly on School-Based Health Care to organize support for the centers.