U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow congratulated twelve school-based health centers across Michigan for winning awards for their health services to children. As a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Stabenow authored the language that created this competitive award initiative that encourages schools to improve their health centers. Today's awards will enable Michigan schools to increase their capacity, providing better services to more students. School-based health centers improve the overall health and wellness of children through health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities and they enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend school.
"Our students need to be healthy in order to learn and succeed in school. For many children, school-based health centers serve as the family doctor for their basic medical needs," said Senator Stabenow. "That's why I authored this initiative to support these health centers so our children can receive the care they need and deserve. I congratulate these facilities for standing out in this competition and striving to make our schools healthier."
Eligible applicants were defined as a school-based health center or a sponsoring facility of a school-based health center as outlined in the Social Security Act. An objective review committee used the review criteria established to assess and rank applications.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversees the program. To learn more about HRSA's School -Based Health Center Capital Program, visit www.hrsa.gov/ourstories/schoolhealthcenters/. A full list of award winners is available at www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/07/20110714grantee.html.