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Children's Health Insurance Outreach Program

The School-Based Child Health Outreach and Enrollment Project is a national initiative coordinated by the Children’s Defense Fund and American Association of School Administrators (AASA) to make sure that all children have access to free and affordable healthcare.

Since 2010, we have partnered with districts in California, Texas and throughout the nation to develop school-based models that assist schools with identifying uninsured children and linking them with health coverage.

Our History

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) has led children’s health advocacy efforts nationwide for over 40 years. Today, CDF continues to work in close partnerships with schools, businesses and the faith community on behalf of children. One major priority CDF has undertaken is to make sure that all children have access to free and affordable health care. On the ground, CDF leads the way in developing promising models that assist schools with identifying uninsured children and linking them with health coverage.

Our Partnerships

CDF has a strong partnership with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and has piloted school-based health outreach and enrollment approaches that have resulted in identifying thousands of uninsured children in school districts by adding a question about health insurance on student enrollment forms. In 2010, a partnership between the Texas Association of School Administrators, CDF and the Houston Independent School District led outreach efforts that resulted in the identification of 17,000 students in one school year. The project has since expanded into nine additional school districts in Texas, reaching more than 435,000 children to date.

Nationwide recognition has allowed CDF and AASA to partner with a growing number of school districts throughout the United States. In California, we have partnered with the El Monte Union High School District and the Mt. View School District and most recently, have welcomed two additional school districts: the El Rancho Unified School District and the Lynwood Unified School District.

Project Goals

  • To increase school district capacity to systematically incorporate child health outreach and enrollment into routine school district operations so that uninsured children, during and beyond this initiative, can be identified and linked with child health coverage.
  • To identify uninsured children in school districts and to link eligible students to coverage during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.

Project Incentives

CDF and AASA provides participating school districts with discretionary mini-grants based on satisfactory completion of project benchmarks.

More Information: Contact Lorena Sanchez, Health Program Coordinator, (213) 201-0830 or lsanchez@childrensdefense.org

 

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