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Grant Overview
Under Covering Kids & Families, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, the Statewide CKF Coalition and four local projects will focus efforts on outreach strategies aimed at reaching children who live in hard to reach families; families disconnected by geography, language barriers and immigration status, distrust of government programs and a reluctance to be seen as "needy" as well as retention of enrolled families and coordination of programs and benefits. Activities include expanding the Coalition to more appropriately reflect the targeted populations; making clearer connections for disengaged families within pre-existing community-based infrastructures; building upon our excellent working relationships with state government around protocols and procedures for enrollment and renewal, as well as coordination and expansion of benefits; exploring the coordination of enrollment in health coverage through other means-tested programs, beginning with school lunch; assessing the connection between utilization and renewal and developing activities that build upon that knowledge; exploring self-declaration of income and presumptive eligibility; staying attuned to the declining economy and partnering with labor and business to help enroll dislocated and low-wage workers; and developing connections to newly developed adult coverage programs. The local projects will continue to use community health workers and an Enrollment Fund as their key strategies to reach isolated rural families, immigrants, families whose primary language is not English and families attached to other income-based programs such as school lunch and federally qualified health centers. Lessons learned at the local level will fuel the State Coalition's efforts.

Grant Amount
Children: $1,000,000
Adults: $200,000

Start Date
January 1, 2002

End Date
December 31, 2005

Target Populations
Adults (search other projects targeting Adults)
Immigrant families (search other projects targeting Immigrant families)
Latino/Hispanic Americans (search other projects targeting Latino/Hispanic Americans)
Rural families (search other projects targeting Rural families)

Hospitals (search other projects using this intervention)
Schools (search other projects using this intervention)

Lead Organization
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children

Ann Bacharach
20 North Market Square
Suite 300
Harrisburg, PA 17101

p (717) 236-5680

Local Projects in Pennsylvania

Consumer Health Coalition
Cornerstone Care
Healthy York/Wellspan
Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth

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