High Marks for School-Based Health Centers in Louisiana

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

From 1994 to 2001, staff from Louisiana's Office of Public Health: Adolescent and School Health Division further developed school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the state by establishing new centers, providing technical assistance to existing school-based health centers and nurturing political and financial support.

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 project team developed five new school-based health centers in two parishes—one rural and one urban—and provided technical assistance to other centers in the state on data collection, public relations, communications and quality improvement.
  • Funds from the Making the Grade national program helped establish a state infrastructure for providing support and technical assistance to school-based health centers.
  • By the end of Louisiana's involvement in Making the Grade, school-based health centers had solid multi-level political support and steady funding from state general funds and other sources.
  • The Louisiana Assembly on School-Based Health Care—an alliance of individuals and organizations that support the mission of the state's school-based health centers—formed in 1995 and was active in networking, professional development and support.
  • The number of school-based health centers in the state grew to 40 by the end of the project; an additional 11 centers were created in 2002.