Comprehensive School-Based Health Clinic Program RFP Phone Conference March 22Print This Post
The Urban Health Program, Department of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine is requesting proposals to stimulate planning, and to facilitate collaboration and community discussion to expand the number of school-based health clinics throughout the state from two to 12 within five years.
A $3 million award from The Zeist Foundation will help Emory University pediatricians improve outcomes for at-risk children in metro Atlanta and throughout the state. The award will fund development of an urban health program in the Department of Pediatrics to provide technical assistance and grants for schools, community organizations and health-care providers to develop school-based clinics in their communities.
The Urban Health Program will host two statewide telephone conferences to review the request for proposals and respond to questions:
First call: 1 – 1:55 p.m.
Second call: 2 – 3 p.m.
Call-in number: 404-251-9903
“There is a dire need for the urban health program, said Veda Johnson, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Emory School of Medicine and co-founder of the Whitefoord Community Program’s school-based clinics.”
She cited the 2009 Kids Count Data Book, a national study on the well-being of America’s children, which ranks Georgia 42nd overall on the well-being of children. Georgia also ranks among the bottom 10 in six categories: low birthweight, infant mortality, high-school dropouts, births to teens, children in single-parent families, and teens not attending school and not working.
“In addition, more than 300,000 of Georgia’s children are uninsured, and as a result do not have a medical home and have very limited access to routine health care,” said Johnson. “This generous gift is of tremendous importance to the development and sustainability of the urban health program.”
The program will expand school-based health clinics throughout metro Atlanta and the state, and increase access to, and improve, delivery of pediatric primary care services for urban-based populations. The program also will advise community leaders and policymakers on the value of coordinated health services for preschool children, and work to improve high school graduation rates in metro Atlanta.
The Zeist Foundation, established in 1989, provides support to non-profit organizations serving children, youth and families in the areas of education, arts and culture, and health and human services.
This award is part of Campaign Emory, a $1.6 billion fund-raising endeavor that combines private support and the University’s people, places, and programs to make a powerful contribution to the world.
To learn more about the award, read Emory University School of Medicine’s news release.
Urban Health Program, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine