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Health Care - Expanding Access for Children

Expanding Access for Children

Issue

“About 1 in 9—nearly 9 million—children in the U.S are uninsured. Children’s health status in our country...is among the worst in the industrialized world.”
— The State of America’s Children 2008, Children’s Defense Fund

Funding

Just 10% of domestic giving for health in 2007 funded broader health care access for underserved populations

Challenge

How can we ensure that children who are uninsured have access to health care?

Strategy

Fund policy, advocacy, and systems that will result in quality health care delivery for those in need

Case Study

School-based Health Center for Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
  • Launched in 2008 to serve low-income children with few health care options
  • Developed by Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (RMYC)
  • Colorado Trust committed $900,000 for three years
  • Also supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Results

  • Since opening in September, clinic has served 287 students from 10 underserved schools
  • Provided 412 medical and dental visits
  • 86% of children served were Hispanic and 75% were uninsured

Research Sources


The State of America's Children 2008
Children's Defense Fund

Children's Defense Fund


The Colorado Trust

New School-Based Health Center Launched at Crawford Elementary School
Press Release
8/19/2008

The Colorado Trust Announces 10-Year Commitment to Achieve Access to Health
Press Release
9/10/2008


Kids’ Health Care Access: Diagnosis and Prescription for Improvement
Health Policy Solutions, Inc.
2007


Philanthropy News Digest

Colorado Trust Announces $28 Million in Grants as Part of New Grantmaking Focus
9/12/2008


The Rocky Mountain
Youth Clinics


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