Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

May 1996


The purpose of this study was to perform a qualitative analysis of an elementary school-based health clinic (SBHC). This situational analysis was performed to further understand the impact of accessible primary health care on an elementary school population. Data were collected through 30 participant interviews of parents, educators and medical personnel. Additional data were collected through the clinic files, and a t-test was used to compare the attendance and achievement data of clinic consumers for the clinic year against records from the previous year. The researcher presented information on the steps of SBHC development to include community campaign procedures. The investigation was performed to not only understand the procedural steps of clinic development, but also to document any issues which surfaced in the process. Some of the major recommendations as a result of this investigation were: (1) The health needs of community children must be viewed as a community concern and not one exclusively owned by the school. (2) The community as a whole, must come together in the form of an advisory board holding a broad representation of the community. (3) School communities should assess their school public to understand the level of need for instituting a SBHC. (4) A community needs assessment should be performed to understand the medical services currently available to children. (5) SBHC files and operations must meet the standards and norms of the profession.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted