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Grant Overview
While Missouri made significant strides in enrollment during the last four years, there is still much to be done: tens of thousands of eligible children remain un-enrolled, misinformation surrounding the application process abounds, retention is a huge issue, coordination with employers and private insurance is virtually non-existent and state budget woes make advocacy by the Statewide Coalition essential. A major, initial task will be to determine the number and location of un-enrolled, eligible children. While the Missouri Department of Social Services estimates 10,000 un-enrolled, eligible children, national organizations, using 2000 census data, estimate 70,000 un-enrolled, eligible children. Several avenues are being explored to determine a more accurate figure so targeted outreach efforts can be developed. As Missouri's economy continues to worsen, layoffs and closings have become a serious problem and resulted in an increase in families eligible for MC+. A major focus of the Statewide Coalition will be to educate Missouri employers, their human resource and benefit staff, and state unemployment offices to inform individuals of MC+ options at hiring and at termination of employment. During tough times families often turn toward their churches. With that in mind, the Coalition will step up educating the faith community to reach out to families in need. The Coalition believes the single best way to identify and reach parents of eligible children is through the school system. Building active relationships with school nurses and administrators through their State associations is imperative. A key strategy for reaching the public will be through the above groups -- employers, human resource staff, faith community, school contacts, etc. Through aggressive education efforts on eligibility and application processes, these entities will feel confident to reach out and assist families. An efficient way to educate these groups will be through seeking presentation opportunities at regional and statewide meetings and through information sharing in existing publications. The three local projects will be pivotal in addressing enrollment, simplification and coordination issues in their areas.

Grant Amount
Children: $800,000

Start Date
September 1, 2002

End Date
October 31, 2006

Target Populations
Adolescents (search other projects targeting Adolescents)
African Americans (search other projects targeting African Americans)
Immigrant families (search other projects targeting Immigrant families)
Latino/Hispanic Americans (search other projects targeting Latino/Hispanic Americans)
TANF recipients (search other projects targeting TANF recipients)

Child care providers (search other projects using this intervention)
Faith based sites (search other projects using this intervention)
Providers (search other projects using this intervention)
Schools (search other projects using this intervention)

Lead Organization
Missouri Primary Care Association

Lane DePrima Jacobs
3325 Emerald Lane
Jefferson City, MO 65109

p (573) 636-2236 x232

Local Projects in Missouri

Area Resources for Community & Human Services (ARCHS)
Local Investment Commission (LINC)
Washington County C-2000 Partnership

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