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Children and Families

There is much work to be done to ensure that every child has a bright future. Health philanthropy is interested in a broad array of issues affecting the health and wellness of children and their families, from the perinatal period to early childhood, through the school-aged years, and on into adulthood. GIH designs programming that highlights the unmet needs of children and families as well as philanthropic strategies to address those needs.

Contact Rana Suliman for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight

January 2019

A new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families identifies ways to improve children’s health care coverage, access to care, and care quality. It focuses on HUSKY Health, the state’s name for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers more than 330,000 children and adolescents and is the largest single source of children’s health coverage in the state.

December 2018

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a 50-state data brief on outcomes of youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Fostering Youth Transitions, is the most comprehensive data set focusing on this population. The brief finds leaving foster care without supportive adult connections and access to resources puts youth at increased risk for homelessness, poverty, unemployment, incarceration, and other challenges to their overall health and well-being. The brief also emphasizes the important role policymakers play in improving transition services for foster youth transitioning to adulthood through implementation of comprehensive policies and procedures in state and local systems.

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