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ERIC Number: ED463883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Building Bridges to Healthy Kids and Better Students: School-Based Outreach and Enrollment for the State Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid. A View from the States.
Martella, Jana
Since its creation in 1997, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has provided low-income children the access to health care they desperately need. Recognizing the important role health insurance plays in assuring that children come to school healthy and ready to learn, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSCO) gathered information from its member state education agencies (SEA) and the state agencies charged with oversight of the Medicaid programs. Interviews were completed with 27 SEA personnel and 20 staff from state Medicaid agencies, with 35 states represented. The CCSCO also convened an advisory group of representatives of key national organizations involved in governance and outreach for Medicaid and SCHIP; this group reviewed preliminary findings and discussed possible strategies for strengthening school-based outreach and enrollment efforts. Findings revealed that states enlist a variety of strategies to extend the reach of the SCHIP and Medicaid programs. Linking outreach to the school-based nutrition programs was the most common outreach tool. School nurses played a key role in school-based activities for SCHIP and Medicaid. Several barriers to successful and consistent implementation of outreach strategies were noted, including the lack of statewide systemic school-based infrastructure for disseminating and collecting information on SCHIP and Medicaid, inconsistent involvement in programs at the local level, and the need for a common language linking the education and health domains. States have enlisted a number of strategies to overcome these barriers, the most important being collaborating with agency personnel. A call to action was devised to strengthen and institutionalize school-based outreach and enrollment for SCHIP and Medicaid. (A list of the participating states and members of the advisory group is appended.) (KB)
Council of Chief State School Officers, Attn: Publications, One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-1431. Tel: 202-408-5505; Fax: 202-408-8072; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Childrens Health Insurance Program