School-Based Health Centers Go to the Head of the Class in Oregon

From 1994 to 2000, the Oregon Department of Human Services, Health Division created model school-based health centers (SBHCs), developed certification standards and a statewide data collection system to be used for quality improvement efforts, and solidified fiscal and political support 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 Oregon Making the Grade project:

  • Helped community partners create six model school-based health centers in Multnomah County (which includes Portland) and the rural counties of Jackson and Umatilla; statewide, the number of centers almost doubled, from 23 to 44.
  • Developed certification standards that enable comprehensive centers to receive state funding.
  • Created a statewide data collection system that can be used as part of quality improvement efforts.
  • Solidified fiscal and political support for school-based health centers in the state, with the result that state funding for school-based health centers grew from $1.4 million to $2.4 million in the state's biennial budget.