Nationwide Children's Hospital School Health Learning Collaborative

Nationwide Children’s Care Connection school-based health services, in collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Big Lots Behavioral Health Services, is committed to improving pediatric outcomes by expanding access to comprehensive physical and behavioral health and wellness services through school-based care in areas of demonstrated need.

Applications are no longer being accepted at this time. 

Request for Applications

Care Connection is requesting applications from primary care providers interested in expanding access to comprehensive health and wellness services by establishing well-coordinated, integrated systems of school-based care through the School Health Learning Collaborative. The Collaborative runs from June 2021 to June 2023.

Primary care providers alongside behavioral health providers and school and district personnel will build Whole Child Teams tasked with: 

  1. Developing sustainable, integrated strategies to meet the needs of the whole child; and
  2. Increasing access to the continuum of school-based care from prevention to treatment. 

What Does The School Health Learning Collaborative Support?

Project activities support:

  • Professional development and training opportunities for primary care providers, behavioral health providers and school and district personnel
  • On-going, individualized technical assistance supports the planning and implementation of integrated school-based health systems
  • Up to $100,000 of funding supports the provision of school-based services

Who Can Apply?

While eligible primary care providers must submit the final application, behavioral health providers, community organizations and school and district personnel are encouraged to share with their networks. Primary care providers must practice in one of the counties noted below to participate.

RFA Timeline



April 7, 2021

Publish, release, distribute RFA

April 21, 2021

Potential grantees submit questions to NCH

April 28, 2021

1 p.m. EST: Informational webinar to review RFA and respond to questions

May 21, 2021

Proposal due at 5:00pm via email

June 11, 2021

Notification of award selection

June 14, 2021

Phase 1 project period starts

March 2022

Phase 2 project period starts, funds released

June 2023

Project period ends

Why is School-Based Health Important?

  • Physically and emotionally healthy children are more likely to achieve academic success as they experience fewer school absences and are better able to focus and learn while in school.
  • Students who regularly attend school earn higher grades, score higher on standardized tests, and are more likely to graduate high school.
  • Given this inextricable link between health and education, school-based health initiatives help ensure students are in school, healthy and ready to learn through partnerships between schools and districts and health care providers.


Contact Anna Miller, School Health Services Outreach Project Manager, at