March 21, 2022
PrimaryOne Health receives grant for new Groveport Madison School-Based Health Center
Columbus, Ohio – As part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s $25.9 million funding for 136 new or expanded School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) throughout Ohio, PrimaryOne Health in partnership with Groveport Madison Schools were awarded a SBHC grant totaling $3,047,486.
The grant, School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) – Removing Barriers to Care is designed to develop new SBHC service sites in schools, expand services in existing sites, extend hours/days of operation, add services and increase populations served.
“PrimaryOne Health has a history of providing access to quality medical care to individuals and families in need,” said PrimaryOne Health Chief Executive Officer Charleta B. Tavares. “This School Based Health Center is another proven way to remove barriers to quality health care,” added Tavares.
The Groveport Madison Local Schools Board of Education approved their new Community Wellness Center project as a “one stop shop” family oriented facility. It will include a 4,000 square-foot community health center. The new Community Wellness Center will be a renovation project providing comprehensive SBHC services including primary care, oral health, behavioral health, substance use disorder, comprehensive vision, vision/hearing/health screenings, community health workers, social workers, health education, language interpretation, and mobile health care. Services will be provided to students, families, staff and community members, at the SBHC through face-to-face and/or telehealth visits.
School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) have emerged as effective models in improving student access to health care and closing the gap experienced by racial, ethnic and cultural communities experiencing health inequities. Students who receive essential preventative and primary care services are more likely to be attentive, successful learners. Healthy students are better on all levels of academic achievement: academic performance, behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes. Investing in the health of students contributes to healthy communities in the future.
The health center portion of the project is estimated to begin in March 2022 and be completed by March of 2023.
Working to provide access to services to improve the health status of families, PrimaryOne Health offers comprehensive primary care, OB-GYN, pediatric, vision, dental, behavioral health, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy and specialty care services to over 48,000 patients at twelve sites in Franklin and Pickaway Counties and two Mobile Health Centers. PrimaryOne Health is a proud member of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). For more information about PrimaryOne Health and its programs, go to www.primaryonehealth.org.