We Advocate for the Health of America's Kids

Children’s Health Fund prioritizes policy and advocacy efforts to change inequitable systems and get quality healthcare to children living in under-resourced communities.

By working to shape policy at the federal, state and local levels, Children’s Health Fund helps create an environment that supports the health needs of children.  Children’s Health Fund leads advocacy efforts to  inform and influence policymakers, garnering the support needed to enact change so the National Network of community health centers can provide comprehensive, quality health care to their patients.

Children’s Health Fund’s advocacy efforts focus on improving access to healthcare services and related resources that impact the health and well-being of children growing up in under-resourced communities.. Current policy priorities include:

Priorities

Children’s Health Fund works on policy and advocacy initiatives that ensure every child has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health.

The communities served by our National Network have been disproportionately affected by the impacts of the COVID pandemic. For more information, please read our COVID-19 policy report.

Children’s Health Fund leads a coalition aiming to expand school-based health services for students enrolled in Medicaid. More information can be found here.

The children and families served by our National Network must have access to reliable transportation for regular checkups and other medical services.

Immigrants and children living in mixed-status homes have unique health needs. Children’s Health Fund advocates on behalf of these children and families so they receive vital healthcare and economic support that they are entitled to, but often face barriers to access.

Expanding access to telehealth is key to improving access, lowering costs, and responding effectively to  emergencies, including pandemics and disaster-related events.

Social safety net programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps, are essential to ensuring all children are healthy and thriving.

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Policy Publications

Children’s Health Fund researches areas of critical interest relating to the health and well-being of medically underserved children and vulnerable populations, and publishes periodic papers to raise awareness, spark national dialogue and influence health care policy.