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News From Oregon School-Based Health Centers

SBHC Innovation Grants

The 2013 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2445, which allocated approximately $750,000 in fund to the Oregon Health Authority to incentivize organizations to accomplish one or more of the following goals:
  • Increase the number of SBHCs certified as patient centered primary care homes (PCPCH)
  • Improve the coordination of care of patients served by CCOs and SBHCs
  • Improve the effectiveness of the delivery of health services through SBHCs to those who qualify for medical assistance
In 2014, the Oregon SBHC State Program Office awarded grants to six communities to explore innovative approaches to school-based care that accomplish one or more of the above goals and support Oregon’s Triple Aim goals of a health population through quality care at a lower cost. Grant projects ran from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
For more information about innovation grantees and finding from their projects, please view the SBHC Innovation Grant Final Report.


SBHC Standards for Certification Review

The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) is currently undertaking a review of the SBHC Standards for Certification. The goal of this review is to reexamine the current Standards to (1) identify and address any areas in need of clarification; (2) update sections to align with current best practice: and (3) continue to adapt the Standards to support operations and advance quality healthcare in a school setting.
During the 2015-2016 school year the SPO will convene a workgroup comprised of representatives from the SPO, OSBHA, the Coalition of Local Health Officials (CLHO) and Oregon SBHCs to explore potential revisions to the Standards. A summary of the workgroup's recommendations will be shared with the field in Spring 2016, with an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed changes. A final draft of the new Standards will be available in Fall 2016. All Oregon State certified SBHCs will be required to meet the minimum standards outlined in the revised Standards beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.
The first Standards for Certification were developed in 2000 by the SPO, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA), and SBHC partners. These Standards have been updated a number of times over the past 15 years, most recently in 2012-2013. For more information, please view the current Oregon SBHC Standards for Certification.
For more information about the Certification Review workgroup, please email


Status Update

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