2021 Request for Proposals: Comprehensive School-Based Health Center Program

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Offered by PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and the Georgia School-Based Health Alliance, Inc. (GASBHA)

According to the 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a study on the well-being of America’s children, Georgia ranks 38th in the nation in child well-being and 37th in education nationally. Georgia ranks in the bottom 20% in five categories:

  • children in poverty,
  • high-school students not graduating on time,
  • teens not attending school and not working,
  • low birthweight babies, and
  • children in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma.

In addition, more than 200,000 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.

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

  • increase access to quality health care (physical, behavioral, oral), improve the delivery of health services, and improve the overall health of the children of Georgia;
  • improve the academic achievement of Georgia’s children through increased school attendance;
  • facilitate the expansion of school-based health centers throughout the state; and
  • establish a state alliance for school-based health centers—Georgia School-Based Health Alliance (GASBHA).

By expanding school-based health center services, Georgia’s children 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 through the reduction in inappropriate emergency-room visits; hospitalizations for chronic illnesses, like asthma, and diabetes; and transportation costs.

Grant Purpose

The purpose of this request for proposals is to stimulate planning and facilitate collaboration and community discussion to expand the number of school-based health centers in Georgia.

Note:  PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health (PARTNERS) will provide technical assistance throughout the planning process as needed and requested.

Award Amount:  Up to $10,000

Project Period: 12 months


April 5, 2021 Publish, release, and distribute RFP

April 19-23, 2021 Potential grantees submit questions to PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health.  Email questions to convenor Carolyn at caidman@emory.edu or call 678-472-5858.

April 26, 2021  2 – 3 p.m.: Video webinar for potential grantees to ask questions related to the grant application
Zoom Information: Meeting ID: 964 0634 6267 / Pass code: 671181

June 7, 2021 Proposal deadline: Submit proposals to PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University. Deadline via e-mail is 5 p.m. Send the email proposal to convenor Carolyn at caidman@emory.edu.

Via U.S. mail, proposal must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2021.

July 7, 2021: award selection

July 19, 2021: award announcements

October 1, 2021: funds released

For general information please contact Deborah Holt at 404-966-4846 or at daholt@emory.edu.

For questions on the RFP, join us on April 26, 2021, for a video webinar. Zoom Information: Meeting ID: 964 0634 6267 / Passcode: 671181.

Visit the Georgia School-Based Health Alliance website for information on activities in Georgia and various resources.

Watch a video on school-based health centers:

Submit proposals via e-mail todaholt@emory.edu.

Submit proposals via US mail or Federal Express to:
Deborah Holt Program Coordinator
PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
49 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA  30303

Download Request for Proposals.


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Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics recognizes the unique issues and barriers surrounding access to quality health care for Atlanta’s underserved and at-risk youth. More specifically, the need to increase access to and improve the delivery of pediatric primary care services for urban-based populations was acknowledged through the work of community based programs and Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital’s pediatric primary care clinic.

Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) is a public-private partnership created by the State of Georgia and investors from the private sector to assist communities in addressing the serious challenges facing children and families. GaFCP also serves as a resource to state agencies across Georgia that work to improve the conditions of children and families. Georgia KIDS COUNT provides policymakers and citizens with current data they need to make informed decisions regarding priorities, services, and resources that impact Georgia’s children, youth, families, and communities.