Washington, D.C., March 12, 2010
— The American Public Health Association announced today that it
has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support school, health and education policy. Under the two-year grant, APHA will operate the School-Based Health Care Policy Program, an initiative begun by the foundation in 2003 seeking to stabilize and secure the financing of school-based health care through federal, state and local policy.
APHA will oversee this established body of work whose accomplishments of the last five years include adoption of school-based health care as a safety net provider in the 2009 Child Health Insurance Reauthorization Program, formerly SCHIP. The new APHA Center for School, Health and Education will support school-based health and education policy efforts at federal, state and local levels.
“We are thrilled to be involved with the School, Health and Education Policy Program and thankful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for this opportunity to administer this important endeavor” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “Research has shown that students perform better when they attend class nourished and ready to learn, and this initiative will help give our nation’s children the start in life they deserve.”
“More than 1,700 school-based health centers provide primary health care for many of our nation's youth — when and where they need it most,” said Dr. Gail C. Christopher, vice president for programs with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “This partnership with APHA to improve the viability of school-based health centers is an ideal next step for long-term sustainability of these critical health centers. Providing care for young people in their schools is truly a public health issue.”
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org and www.schoolbasedhealthcare.org.