PRESS AVAILABILITY: Children’s Health Advocates Respond to Governor Brown's Budget Proposal

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2014
For More Information Contact:
Isobel White, (510) 828-3554

Leaders from the California children’s health coverage coalition will be available for media interviews in response to the Governor Brown’s budget proposal starting at 10am on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Given California’s strong progress toward fiscal stability, children’s health advocates are urging policymakers to make smart reinvestments in the health of California children and families and repair the damage caused by years of devastating cuts to children’s health programs.

Please follow us on Twitter @KidsHealthCA for real-time analysis of the budget.

To arrange an interview with a children’s health leader, please contact:

Kathleen Hamilton, The Children’s Partnership, Director, Sacramento Governmental Affairs

Direct line: 916-706-2917

To arrange an interview: Contact Carrie Spencer at 310-260-1220

Ted Lempert, Children Now, President

Direct line: 510-763-2444 x155 or 650-245-8166

To arrange an interview: Contact Mike Odeh at 510-763-2444 x122

Jamila Iris Edwards, Children’s Defense Fund-California, Northern California Director

Direct line: 510-663-3780 (office) or 510-459-1294 (cell)

To arrange an interview: Contact Michele Stillwell-Parvensky at 510-663-2984

Corey Timpson, PICO California, Director

Direct line: 916-402-5802

Suzie Shupe, California Coverage & Health Initiatives, Executive Director

Direct line: 707-527-9213 or (707) 292-3932

Judy Darnell, United Ways of California, Director of Public Policy

Direct line: 831-246-3099


The Children's Partnership (TCP) is a national, nonprofit child advocacy organization working to ensure that all children - especially those at risk of being left behind - have the resources and the opportunities they need to grow up healthy and to lead productive lives. TCP focuses particular attention on securing health coverage for uninsured children and ensuring that the opportunities of digital technology benefit all children and families.

Children Now is a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization working to raise children's well-being to the top of the state and national policy agenda. Children Now focuses on ensuring quality health care, a solid education and a positive media environment for all children.

Children's Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the California office of the Children's Defense Fund, a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. The Children’s Defense Fund champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to health care, a quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.

PICO California is the largest grassroots congregation-based community organizing network in California. Nineteen local California PICO federations organize in 73 cities and 35 school districts, reaching from Placer to San Diego County. Together, PICO federations represent 450,000 families of diverse economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds across the state. PICO California is part of the PICO National Network, which includes organizations in 16 states.

California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI), a leader in health advocacy for children and families, is a statewide association of outreach and enrollment organizations that are focused on helping children and families navigate into affordable health coverage and have access to high quality health care and other services. With firsthand experience and success enrolling children into public programs, such as Medi-Cal, as well as administering local Healthy Kids programs, the members of CCHI have shown that coverage for all children in California is a reachable goal.

United Ways of California (UWCA) is the state association for California’s local United Ways. UWCA works to improve the health, education and financial stability for low-income children and families by enhancing and coordinating the advocacy and community impact work of California’s United Ways. UWCA is a strong advocate of expanding health coverage to all California children and their families. United Ways work closely with local community and business leaders, state and federal legislators, and volunteers to promote this achievable and important goal.