ERIC Number: ED466324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
School-Based Health Care: What Can Child Advocates Do? Fact Sheet.
Kilbourne, Susan; Schlitt, John
Because school-based health centers are located in areas serving a large percentage of low-income minority children, they have the potential to provide health care services to millions of children lacking health insurance. Although support for these centers is growing, funding remains in jeopardy. This fact sheet details what child advocates can do to help ensure that school-based health centers remain in operation to serve children who need crucial health services. The fact sheet maintains that child advocacy organizations can lend their public policy expertise and advocacy experience to health care providers by assisting in advocacy campaigns, helping health care advocates increase public support for their programs, bringing together key stakeholders, and training newcomers to the advocacy field. Suggestions are provided for framing an argument for using the school setting as a child-focused safety net strategy. The fact sheet asserts that child advocates can take a lead role in advocating for funding to sustain and expand important health resources for children. It is argued that child advocates are ideally positioned to play a strategic role in promoting health and well-being of children in their states by advocating on behalf of school-based health centers. The fact sheet concludes with a list of organizations for additional information. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Health Insurance, Health Needs, Health Programs, Low Income, Minority Groups
National Association of Child Advocates, 1522 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005-1202. Tel: 202-289-0777; Fax: 202-289-0776; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.childadvocacy.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Child Advocates, Washington, DC.