Request for Proposals for Emory’s School Based Health Center Planning Grants

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There are 300,000 children in Georgia who are uninsured and, as a result, do not have a medical home and have very limited access to routine health care. Emory University’s Department of Pediatrics Urban Health Program will award up to eight planning grants of $10,000 each to organizations and communities interested in exploring the creation of a school-based health clinic in their area. 

The Urban Health Program 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.

The goals of the Comprehensive School-Based Health Center Program are to:

  • increase access to quality health care, improve the delivery of health services, and improve the health of Georgia’s children;
  • facilitate the expansion of school-based health clinics throughout the state over a five-year period; and
  • organize a state association for school-based health programs.

By expanding school-based clinic services, children in Georgia will benefit from improved access to primary health care, improved health outcomes, and improved school attendance. The state will benefit from reduced costs to the Medicaid system by reducing inappropriate emergency room visits, hospitalizations for chronic illnesses like asthma and diabetes, and transportation costs.

March 26, 2012:
Statewide telephone conference to review RFP and respond to questions
May 21, 2012: RFP submission deadline
June 22, 2012: Award selection
July 16, 2012: Award announcements
Sept. 1, 2012: Funds released

The Urban Health Program will host two statewide telephone conferences to review the RFP and respond to questions on March 26 from 3 – 3:55 p.m., and again from 4 – 5 p.m.

The call-in number is 404-251-9901.

Note: The system can only accommodate 25 callers at a time. If you are not allowed to participate in the first call, please call in during the second time slot.

Submissions via e-mail: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. May 21.
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Submissions via U.S. mail or Federal Express: Proposals must be postmarked no later than May 21.
Submit proposals to:
Ruth Ellis
Business Administrator
Urban Health Program, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
49 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA  30303

Download the request for proposals.

Learn more about school-based clinics across the United States.

Learn more about the various aspects of the Urban Health Program and the 2010 awardees.

A $3 million award from the Zeist Foundation is helping Emory University pediatricians improve outcomes for at-risk children across the state. The award funds 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.

Ruth S. Ellis
Emory University Department of Pediatrics Urban Health Program
404-409-1815 (cell)

William Valladares
GaFCP Communications Manager

404-527-7394 (x114)