School-Based Health Centers Get Boost from Voluntary Hospitals

Assisting community-owned hospitals to develop and sustain school-based health centers

From 1998 to 1999, staff at the Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) Health Foundation provided technical assistance on the design, implementation and sustainability of school-based health centers (SBHCs) to health care organizations across the country.

The VHA Health Foundation is a national, not-for-profit foundation created to encourage community health leadership and innovation across the larger health care community through practical research and demonstration projects.

Key Results

  • Project staff developed and published a workbook, Making the Healthy Connection: Establishing and Sustaining the Hospital Sponsored School-Based Health Center.

    The workbook synthesizes existing material with a focus on hospital sponsorship and offers relevant benchmarks and guidelines for developing school-based health centers.

  • Project staff developed a resource list of experts who can provide information about school-based health centers to health care organizations.

  • VHA Health Foundation convened a national conference to present information about developing partnerships between health organizations and school-based health centers.

    Some 110 health and education professionals attended the conference, School-Based Health Centers: Making the Healthy Connection, held in Philadelphia, Pa., October 29–30, 1999.