Children’s Defense Fund - Ohio’s Commitment to the Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge CDF‟s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF encourages preventive investment before children get sick or into trouble, drop out of school or suffer family breakdown. CDF – Ohio is committed to ensuring improved health for our children. We advocate for access to appropriate health care for all children in Ohio by being the lead organization for the Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative. The Collaborative is a catalyst in building successful community partnerships to focus on systems changes and overall improvements in the provision of health care in the community. The Coalition is developing an infrastructure to coordinate efforts, as well as formulate a plan to address health disparities from a state level. This core group of committed organizations, which includes geographic and ethnic diversity, will serve as an advisor to policy makers, funders and other key stakeholders. This partnership will create a sustained community where racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations have equal opportunities to live long, healthy and productive lives. CDF’s All Healthy Children Campaign CDF- Ohio intends to continue to address health care enrollment in Ohio by: Continuing to lead the work of the Health Disparities Collaborative. Including an enrollment component for the 30 Freedom School sites for 2011. Providing enrollment information, tools, and technical assistance to our faith-based partners such as the Ohio Council of Churches, Metropolitan Area Church Council, and Council of Christian Communities, to support the hundreds of member churches‟ health care enrollment activities. Activities to date: Create Opportunities to Sign Up Trained over 450 community advocates, social workers, nurses, social service intake workers and various community leaders in the Healthy Start Healthy Families eligibility and enrollment. Sponsored the Back to School mini-grant campaign which funded 10 Healthy Start Healthy Families outreach and enrollment projects throughout Ohio. Over 700 applications were distributed to eligible families. 395 East Broad Street, Suite 330, Columbus, OH 43215 p (614) 221-2244 f (614) 221-2247 1422 Euclid Avenue, Hanna Building, Suite 972, Cleveland, OH 44115 p (216) 298-4480 f (614) 221-2247 www.childrensdefense.org/ohio Sponsored the Back to School mini-grant campaign which funded 10 Healthy Start Healthy Families outreach and enrollment projects throughout Ohio. Over 2,726 individuals received information about HSHF and over 600 applications were distributed to eligible families. Met with representatives from ODJFS and WIC to continue discussing how the two departments can partner around HSHF enrollment. Ohio Covering Kids and Families initiated a pilot project to test a relationship between the Hamilton County Department Job and Family Services and the Hamilton County Child Support Enforcement Agency around HSHF enrollment. Released over 200 copies of “Employer Tool-Kit: Healthy Start Healthy Families,” a collection of ideas and tools for employers to use in educating and enrolling employees in Ohio‟s Medicaid and SCHIP program. Cut Red Tape With the assistance of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we initiated a Medicaid Process Improvement Collaborative. The collaborative involved partners from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services. We were able to begin pilot testing some ideas in examining Medicaid re- determination cases on a local level. We revised the verification check list to try to make it easier for clients to understand. Distributed over 4,000 bilingual „Medical Health Cards‟ to Latino immigrants and agencies to address the growing problem of language barriers between patients and medical service providers Forge Partnerships Co-chaired the Central Ohio Cover the Uninsured Week Community Forum in which over 100 citizens and 30 organizations participated. The forum explored challenges in our health care system, the importance of public health programs such as Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program in preventing the problem of the uninsured from growing and models for solving the problem of the uninsured. Began a business outreach campaign to educate human resources personnel about public health insurance programs available to employees. As a capstone event to the completion of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 4 year Covering Kids and Families Initiative to increase the number of insured children in Ohio, held a statewide conference with over 120 child health advocates and stakeholders addressing child healthcare and medical coverage issues. Capitalize on Technology Created a data collaborative with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and advocacy organizations to identify ways to share information and track Medicaid enrollment trends for children and families to help target Medicaid outreach efforts. Released over 250 copies of “Promising Practices,” a book of key practices that highlighted activities and initiatives that had shown great success in enrolling eligible children and families in Health Start Health Families. Focus on Retention Provided testimony to the Medicaid Reform Commission about the importance of maintaining eligibility for parents and children.