Year of Publication
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Dr. Sarah Wackerbarth
Dr. Richard Ingram
Dr. Joseph Benitez
This paper provided a prospective policy analysis of the Washington, D.C. School Health Innovations Grant Act. This act establishes a grant program to facilitate the formation of school-based telehealth centers to provide mental health services to District school children. The purpose of this act is to improve access to mental health services for children, especially children in disadvantaged populations, such as those low-income, predominantly African American neighborhoods in eastern Washington, D.C., where a high burden of need is compounded by a shortage of health professionals.
This analysis was guided by the Bardach framework of policy analysis. The various factors affecting access to mental health services were explored, and the School Health Innovations Grant Act was analyzed in terms of its ability to address these barriers, its ability to maximize health outcomes and, and its overall cost effectiveness. A brief overview of telehealth and school-based health, and the evidence supporting their use, was also included.
West, Robert, "Impact of the School Health Innovations Grant Act on Healthcare Access, Outcomes, and Cost in the District of Columbia" (2018). Theses and Dissertations--Public Health (M.P.H. & Dr.P.H.). 219.