In the early 1990’s, Belington Medical Services and Pendleton Community Care opened the first
SBHCs in West Virginia and paved the way for a broader statewide effort. Concurrently, the Governor’s Task Force on School Health, co-chaired by Governor Caperton and C.E. Compton was appointed. The Task Forces’ Report, Building a Healthy Future, provided the impetus and framework for a comprehensive school health program in WV that included the establishment of school-based health centers and the Center For Disease Control’s Healthy Schools eight component model. In 1994, the SBHC component was piloted through implementation grants awarded by the WV Bureau for Public Health and the Claude Benedum Worthington Foundation in 12 counties.
In 1997, Benedum ended its funding of these 14 pilot sites, and the funding was replaced by state funds through the WVDHHR-Division of Primary Care.
In 2004, the Sisters of St. Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation (SSJHWF) granted WVSBHA funds to hire a full-time staff position. They continue to support the Assembly, as well as other school-based health services around the state.
Through the years, SBHCs continued to steadily expand into new schools and service areas. In April 2009, there were 49 SBHCs in 24 counties.
Today, there are 66 SBHCs serving 28 counties. More are anticipated to open by the 2012-2013 school year.
The Annual Reports for the WVSBHA are available from 2011 through 2016.