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

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.