From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (HNN) – Stressing the importance of healthy children to improve their learning potential, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Friday announced over $2 million in funding has been awarded for school-based health center programs in southern West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help expand and provide more health care services at schools throughout the region.

“Good health habits learned early can last a very long lifetime,” said Rahall.  “Preventive healthcare for our youngest yields the best return on taxpayers’ dollars.  School-based health centers are the vanguard of that opportunity – an opportunity we cannot let fall to the budget axe being wielded by some in Washington.”

 

The grants announced today are:

· $398,522 for Lincoln County Primary Care Center in Hamlin

· $452,456 for Rainelle Medical Center in Rainelle

· $91,000 for Tug River Health Association based in Gary

· $492,835 for Valley Health Systems based in Huntington

· $155,950 for Monroe County Health Center in Union

· $500,000 for New River Health Association based in Scarbro

School-based health centers are a type of community health clinic or medical care facility that is directly integrated into an elementary or secondary school. These clinics are tailored to improve the overall health and wellness of their student population, through health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities and enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend school.  Historically, school-based health centers have been constructed to provide medical care in low-income areas where there is a high rate of health-related absenteeism.  Currently there are 58 school based health centers in WV; 28 of them located in southern West Virginia.

 

The Affordable Care Act appropriated a total of $200 million for 2010 through 2013 for the School-Based Health Center Capital Program to address capital needs in school-based health centers.  The funds announced today are the first in the series of awards that will be made available to school-based health centers under the Affordable Care Act. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversees the program.