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Stony Brook Receives $500K Federal Grant To Expand Health Services For Long Island Students

Originally Posted: July 15, 2011

Stony Brook - Congressman Tim Bishop announced that the Research Foundation of Stony Brook University will receive a federal grant of $499,678 to oversee the expansion of health care services offered at schools in Long Island. The funding is part of $200 million through 2013 included in the Affordable Care Act for the School-Based Health Center Capital Program to address capital needs in school-based health centers.

The 278 awardees announced, which are currently serving approximately 790,000 patients, will be able to increase their capacity by over 50-percent to serve an additional 440,000 patients. School-based health centers improve student heath by provide health screenings, wellness promotion and disease prevention activities, and also enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend school.

"Improving student health is vital to improving achievement and promoting preventative care which reduces health care costs," said Congressman Bishop. "I am glad to help secure these funds to allow Stony Brook University to ensure our students are ready to learn and understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle."

On May 4, House Republicans voted to strip the funds in the Affordable Care Act for school-based health centers. Bishop opposed the Republican bill because school-based health centers have been proven to improve the overall health and wellness of students, increase academic performance, and reduce absenteeism. The grants announced are the first in the series of awards that will be made available to school-based health centers under the Affordable Care Act, which Bishop supported.

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