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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

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.

December 2018

A new research article from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) details the devastating effects of proposed public charge rules on affected children enrolled in Medi-Cal, the California Medicaid program. A designation of “public charge” for immigrant families who utilize Medicaid and other safety-net programs could mean a reversal of their permanent residency status or denial of their Green Card applications. CHCF estimates up to 455,000 affected children may disenroll from Medi-Cal as a result, including 93,000 children with at least one potentially life-threatening condition, and up to 56,000 newborns.

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