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July 16, 2013 > County outreach efforts to identify health insurance eligibility

County outreach efforts to identify health insurance eligibility

Submitted By Alameda County

The Center for Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC), a division within the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA), recently received a $700,000 grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to fund the expansion of outreach efforts in identifying and enrolling eligible children and families into health insurance and other public benefits. There are an estimated 13,000 children in Alameda County who are eligible for public insurance, and possibly other benefits, who remain uninsured.

"What makes this pilot unique is the co-location of agencies providing complimentary services. Partnerships are key to the Center's goal of healthy children graduating, college or career ready," said Tracey Schear, Director, CHSC. Partners include Alameda County HCSA, Alameda County Social Services Agency, Community Based Organizations, and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).

"Alameda County is a national leader in the creation and expansion of school health centers, and this is an exciting opportunity to build on their success to ensure that all children and their families have health coverage and access to care. As other municipalities and states endeavor to implement the Affordable Care Act, the OUSD pilot will be a model of how to manage enrollment well," said Chris Oechsli, President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies.

The majority of funding from this grant will be used to create a multi-media and hard-copy "tool kit" in order to support other communities locally and nationally seeking to seed and support a continuum of school health services that promote health and education equity.

The program will begin immediately and run through June 2015.

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