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Iowa Covering Kids & Families Initiative

Grant Overview
The Iowa CKF Project is a statewide collaborative effort of state and local community-based agencies, child advocacy groups, and professional organizations. Key project strategies include: 1) Engage school districts to accept a central role assuring health insurance coverage for children.2) Develop suggested guidelines and materials to support the role of health care professionals in providing consumer education on health care coverage.3) Increase participation of the child care community in children's health insurance outreach. 4) Continue to assist community coalitions' efforts to assure that all children in their communities have health care coverage. 5) Identify and analyze barriers to enrollment and renewal and make comprehensive policy and program recommendations for removing barriers. The statewide component, led by the State Covering Kids & Families Coalition and supported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, seeks to identify actual barriers to enrollment into child health insurance programs and implement system changes to remove barriers. A key state level partner, Outlooks, Inc., facilitates the Covering Kids & Families Now Task Force to simplify the enrollment process. Local pilots in Polk and Marion County are working on implementing innovative strategies for enrolling children and duplicating those strategies in other areas of the state.

Grant Amount
Children: $700,000

Start Date
July 1, 2002

End Date
September 30, 2006

Target Populations
African Americans (search other projects targeting African Americans)
Frontier families (search other projects targeting Frontier families)
Latino/Hispanic Americans (search other projects targeting Latino/Hispanic Americans)
Rural families (search other projects targeting Rural families)

Business (search other projects using this intervention)
Child care providers (search other projects using this intervention)
Providers (search other projects using this intervention)
Schools (search other projects using this intervention)

Lead Organization
Iowa Department of Public Health

Beth Jones
321 E. 12th Street
Lucas Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319

p (515) 242-6382

Local Projects in Iowa

Healthcare Coverage for Kids Coalition (HCKC)
South Central Regional Coalition (SCRC)

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