July 15, 2019
 
Health Care For All Gets $300K to Advance Child Health Policies

November 18, 2018 — Health Care For All, a Boston nonprofit that is a leading advocate in Massachusetts for comprehensive, affordable, and accessible health care, last week announced it received $300,000 from Boston Children's Hospital to promote child health across the state.

The three-year grant will support efforts by Health Care For All (HCFA) to build a stronger consumer voice that focuses on promoting proactive child health policies, expand the Children's Health Access Coalition (CHAC), defend children's health care coverage on the state and federal level, and ensure that MassHealth accountable care organizations meet the medical and health-related social needs of children.

"Too often, children are overlooked in the development of health care policies. This grant will enable us to represent the needs of children at discussions where health care decisions are being made," said HCFA Executive Director Amy Rosenthal. "This grant will allow us to work closely with many on-the-ground organizations to bolster their voices. It is critical that policymakers hear from direct service providers and understand what they need to most effectively support children and families."

The grant was made by Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) in connection its Collaboration for Community Health program to support community organizations and agencies in their efforts to improve the health and well-being of children and families in Boston and across Massachusetts.

Over the next 10 years, Boston Children's will distribute $53.4 million as part of an agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Determination of Need Program. This is in addition to the hospital's ongoing support for programs and partnerships.

"For more than 25 years, Boston Children's has dedicated resources and used its expertise to improve child health outcomes beyond the walls of our hospital," said BCH President and CEO Sandra L. Fenwick. "Through the Collaboration for Community Health, we're able to further extend by helping more community partners to implement programs and strategies that are vital to a child's overall health."

Funded partners in the initial round of grants announced by Boston Children's will focus on implementing strategies and projects in three key areas: Zero to Five Child Health and Development, Family Housing Stability and Economic Opportunity and Community Physical Activity, Recreation and Food Access.

These efforts, BCH said, will help ensure that Boston children will enter kindergarten ready to succeed, children will be food secure and have access to physical activities and that families have opportunities to thrive and live in stable housing.

CHAC is a coalition of providers, community organizations, child advocates, and other stakeholders that was established in 1995 to champion the cause of access to health care for all Massachusetts children. Its advocacy to protect, improve and expand children’s health insurance coverage programs has helped achieve a 98% coverage rate for children in Massachusetts.

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