Kids and Bureaucrats at the Grass Roots

Elizabeth H. Kilbreth and James A. Morone

in Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195170665
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850204 | DOI:
Kids and Bureaucrats at the Grass Roots

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This chapter explores how state bureaucrats organized local coalitions that won and maintained school health centers. The school-based health center (SBHC) concept arose in the 1970s, and by 1990 there were 150 centers nationwide. The SBHCs are a small step in the overall effort to ensure adequate health care for needy children. However, the movement that created the SBHCs, nurtured them in the face of stiff opposition, and encouraged their spread across the country serves as a reminder that grassroots organizing can still be an important tool in the arsenal of political strategies for winning resources and services.

Keywords: state bureaucrats; local coalitions; school; health center; SBHC; health care; children

Chapter.  5900 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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