Federal Grant for New School Based-Health Center

February 2013

Lake County Health Department is Awarded $500,000 Federal Grant for New School Based-Health Center

The Lake County Health Department has received a $500,000 federal grant to build a health center at Round Lake High School. The Department was one of seven community partners that worked hard over the past year to plan and build community support for a school-based center for Round Lake High School. Besides the health department, community partners included Round Lake Area School District 116, Mano a Mano, Advocate Condell Medical Center, Nicasa, the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County and Vista Health Systems.

The new school-based health center will serve a school district in which over 60 percent of students are considered low-income. It will provide accessible services such as school and sports physicals, immunizations, diagnosis and management of chronic illnesses, minor illnesses and injuries and behavioral health services, according to Millennia consultant, Brenda Bannor who guided the planning process. Brenda has many years of expertise planning and developing school-based health centers and other community-based health programs.

Maine Lays Groundwork for New Health Clinic nurse practioner

Penquis, a community action program (CAP) agency in Knox County, Maine, received a planning grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the grant was to explore the feasibility of establishing a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Penquis' mixed urban and coastal service area. Millennia consultant, David Steven Rappoport, was part of the team. The timeline was tight. The consultants quickly assessed the work that had been done to date, and identified four realistic options for moving ahead to establish an FQHC. They identified additional information needs and sources, and outlined a plan for conducting more needed analysis. They also held a series of public and private meetings with a range of stakeholders to assess the level of interest in the various options, and proposed a plan for a continuing community process. Upon completion of work, the consultants issued a final report that detailed a plan for moving ahead, and prioritized the options.This plan included a detailed "how to" guide for completing a New Access Point application, the complex grant application that must be submitted to HRSA to apply for FQHC status.

The final report is posted on the Penquis website.