May 2009 Mother's Day Child Watch

Release Date: May 8, 2009


As our nation prepared to celebrate Mother's Day, a group of prominent Hollywood women—including Jessica Alba, Regina King, Keri Russell, Jurnee Smollett, Ali Wentworth and others—joined Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and Michelle Fenty, attorney and Washington, DC, First Lady, on a children's health reform Child Watch day in Washington, DC. They were joined by families from Texas, Virginia and Montana who spoke about the struggles they've faced trying to get their children the health coverage they need.

The group conducted a CDF Child Watch visit to the Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo Clinic in Columbia Heights, where they met children at the clinic and held a roundtable discussion with health care providers and working families from across the country about the difficulties in accessing quality affordable health care for their children. The women shared these experiences when they met administration officials and Congressional leaders later in the day to ask for guaranteed quality affordable health care for all children as part of the health reform legislation being drafted this month.