A School-Based Health Center Gives Children a Healthy Place

Establishment of school-based health center for minority children

The Plainfield Health Center, operating under the Plainfield Neighborhood Health Services, established a comprehensive school-based health center at Washington Elementary School in Plainfield, N.J., in 2000.

Called The Healthy Place, the center offered health care services and screenings to more than 1,600 students at Washington and three neighboring elementary schools.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program (for more information see Program Results).

Key Results:

  • Project staff provided 968 primary and sick care visits and 1,560 screenings from 2000 to 2002.
  • They immunized 550 students at Washington Elementary School.
  • They collaborated in developing a health education curriculum for the four schools.
  • They provided technical assistance to other communities interested in replicating The Healthy Place model.