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New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

The St. Mary’s County Equity Task Force is pleased to announce official state recognition of the two new school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the county, as well as a $650,000 grant awarded to the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) to support clinical service delivery at the SBHCs. Following a review of operational plans and a joint site visit from the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland State Department of Education, the newly constructed SBHCs at Spring Ridge Middle School and Margaret Brent Middle School have been approved as aligned with Maryland’s school-based health standards for Level III SBHCs. This will allow SMCHD to begin developing clinical services at these sites, including telehealth capacity. In addition, the independent Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) voted to award the St. Mary’s County Health Department a $650,000 two-year grant to promote health equity and health care access by building clinical and health education services at the new SBHCs. This funding will support hiring of primary care medical providers, behavioral health specialists, and a nutritionist to serve school students and staff at the new SBHCs. Currently, SMCHD is utilizing the SBHCs for COVID-19 response, including COVID-19 testing. “We are grateful for our […]

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