Policy Priorities

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Advocate & Family Resources for Children's Health

Creating a level playing field for all children is a mission that CDF cannot accomplish alone. We often work with or refer people to many other organizations nationwide who are working to improve the lives of children. A list of some of them is below.

  • Access for Infants and Mothers
    The AIM Program is low-cost health coverage for pregnant women. It has been designed for middle-income families who don’t have health insurance and whose income is too high to qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal. AIM is also available to those who have health insurance if their deductible or co-payment for maternity services is more than $500. If you qualify for AIM, your baby is automatically eligible for enrollment in the Healthy Families Program unless your infant is enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance or no-cost full scope Medi-Cal.
  • Access for Infants and Mothers
    The AIM Program is low-cost health coverage for pregnant women. It has been designed for middle-income families who don’t have health insurance and whose income is too high to qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal. AIM is also available to those who have health insurance if their deductible or co-payment for maternity services is more than $500. If you qualify for AIM, your baby is automatically eligible for enrollment in the Healthy Families Program unless your infant is enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance or no-cost full scope Medi-Cal.
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles
    AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to: improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles
    AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to: improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.
  • Alliance for Health Reform
    The Alliance for Health Reform is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that provides an array of resources and viewpoints to help policymakers, journalists, and advocates undersatnd the nation's health care proplems and proposals for changes.
  • Alliance for Health Reform
    The Alliance for Health Reform is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that provides an array of resources and viewpoints to help policymakers, journalists, and advocates undersatnd the nation's health care proplems and proposals for changes.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    AAP is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to improve the health and well-being for all children. Their website is a resource for general information related to child health as well as policies and publications.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    AAP is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to improve the health and well-being for all children. Their website is a resource for general information related to child health as well as policies and publications.
  • American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
    The APHSA, is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of state and local human service agencies and individuals who work in or are interested in public human service programs. Their mission is to develop and promote policies and practices that improve the health and well-being of families, children, and adults.
  • American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
    The APHSA, is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of state and local human service agencies and individuals who work in or are interested in public human service programs. Their mission is to develop and promote policies and practices that improve the health and well-being of families, children, and adults.
  • Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA)
    AAIA promotes the welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives by supporting efforts to: sustain and perpetuate their cultures and languages; protect their sovereignty, constitutional, legal and human rights, and natural resources; and improve their health, education, and economic and community development.
  • Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA)
    AAIA promotes the welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives by supporting efforts to: sustain and perpetuate their cultures and languages; protect their sovereignty, constitutional, legal and human rights, and natural resources; and improve their health, education, and economic and community development.
  • California Kids
    CaliforniaKids is a non-profit organization that is supported by contributions from businesses, foundations, and individuals. Through these partnerships, the cost of the program is subsidized.
  • California Kids
    CaliforniaKids is a non-profit organization that is supported by contributions from businesses, foundations, and individuals. Through these partnerships, the cost of the program is subsidized.
  • Carsey Institute
    The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire conducts research and formulates policy priorities relating to vulnerable youth, children and families in rural communities.
  • Carsey Institute
    The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire conducts research and formulates policy priorities relating to vulnerable youth, children and families in rural communities.
  • Center for American Progress
    The Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. They combine bold policy ideas with a modern communications platform to help shape the national debate, expose the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter.
  • Center for American Progress
    The Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. They combine bold policy ideas with a modern communications platform to help shape the national debate, expose the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter.
  • Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)
    For more than twenty years, the Center for Public Policy Priorities has been a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization committed to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans. The Center's work is divided into workforce and economic development; access to public benefits, including health care, food, and cash assistance; child protection; school finance; state and federal tax and budget analysis; and family economic security. CPPP is also the Texas home to KIDS COUNT, a state-by-state effort to track and promote the well-being of children. CPPP also chairs and directs the Texas CHIP Coalition.
  • Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)
    For more than twenty years, the Center for Public Policy Priorities has been a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization committed to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans. The Center's work is divided into workforce and economic development; access to public benefits, including health care, food, and cash assistance; child protection; school finance; state and federal tax and budget analysis; and family economic security. CPPP is also the Texas home to KIDS COUNT, a state-by-state effort to track and promote the well-being of children. CPPP also chairs and directs the Texas CHIP Coalition.
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities conducts research and analysis on a federal and state level to ensure that the needs of low-income families and individuals are considered in fiscal and policy programs.
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities conducts research and analysis on a federal and state level to ensure that the needs of low-income families and individuals are considered in fiscal and policy programs.
  • Chapin Hall Center for Children
    Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center whose mission is to build knowledge that improves policies and programs for children and youth, families, and their communities.
  • Chapin Hall Center for Children
    Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center whose mission is to build knowledge that improves policies and programs for children and youth, families, and their communities.
  • Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)
    CHN is an alliance of national organizations that work together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition's members include civil rights, religious, labor and professional organizations and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)
    CHN is an alliance of national organizations that work together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition's members include civil rights, religious, labor and professional organizations and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Commission to Build a Healthier America
    A national, non-partisan group of leaders raising awareness and disseminating research about the many factors that influence health. Their research includes early life experience, education, work, housing, and community factors.
  • Commission to Build a Healthier America
    A national, non-partisan group of leaders raising awareness and disseminating research about the many factors that influence health. Their research includes early life experience, education, work, housing, and community factors.
  • Commonwealth Fund
    The Commonwealth Fund is a national foundation that regularly publishes commentary, reports, and data on health care, including children's health, health insurance, and health disparities.
  • Commonwealth Fund
    The Commonwealth Fund is a national foundation that regularly publishes commentary, reports, and data on health care, including children's health, health insurance, and health disparities.
  • Community Health Councils, Inc.
    Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit community-based health promotion, advocacy and policy organization. CHC was established in 1992 in response to the growing healthcare crisis. Their mission is to improve health and increase access to quality healthcare for uninsured, under-resourced and underserved populations
  • Community Health Councils, Inc.
    Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit community-based health promotion, advocacy and policy organization. CHC was established in 1992 in response to the growing healthcare crisis. Their mission is to improve health and increase access to quality healthcare for uninsured, under-resourced and underserved populations
  • Cover the Uninsured Week
    Cover the Uninsured Week coordinates activities across the country to build awareness that too many children and adults in America are uninsured.
  • Cover the Uninsured Week
    Cover the Uninsured Week coordinates activities across the country to build awareness that too many children and adults in America are uninsured.
  • Department of Health Care Services
    The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is a department within the California Health and Human Services Agency.  DHCS’ mission is to preserve and improve the health status of all Californians.  DHCS works closely with health care professionals, county governments and health plans to provide a health care safety net for California’s low-income and persons with disabilities.
  • Department of Health Care Services
    The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is a department within the California Health and Human Services Agency.  DHCS’ mission is to preserve and improve the health status of all Californians.  DHCS works closely with health care professionals, county governments and health plans to provide a health care safety net for California’s low-income and persons with disabilities.
  • Families USA
    Families USA is a leading advocate for affordable health coverage for everyone. They regularly publish reports and send action alerts on health care, including children's health coverage and health disparities.
  • Families USA
    Families USA is a leading advocate for affordable health coverage for everyone. They regularly publish reports and send action alerts on health care, including children's health coverage and health disparities.
  • First Focus
    First Focus brings both traditional and non-traditional leaders together to advocate for federal policies that will improve the lives of America’s children. Child health, education, family economics, child welfare, and child safety are the core issue areas in which First Focus promotes bipartisan policy solutions.
  • First Focus
    First Focus brings both traditional and non-traditional leaders together to advocate for federal policies that will improve the lives of America’s children. Child health, education, family economics, child welfare, and child safety are the core issue areas in which First Focus promotes bipartisan policy solutions.
  • Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
    The Food Research and Action Network (FRAC) works to eradicate hunger and undernutrition across the country.
  • Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
    The Food Research and Action Network (FRAC) works to eradicate hunger and undernutrition across the country.
  • Future of Children
    The Future of Children is a journal published twice a year with timely research on children for policymakers, service providers, and researchers.
  • Future of Children
    The Future of Children is a journal published twice a year with timely research on children for policymakers, service providers, and researchers.
  • Georgetown Center for Children and Families
    The Center for Children and Families, part of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, publishes research on children's health and examines policies pertaining to children's health coverage (SCHIP, Medicaid).
  • Georgetown Center for Children and Families
    The Center for Children and Families, part of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, publishes research on children's health and examines policies pertaining to children's health coverage (SCHIP, Medicaid).
  • Health Care for America Now
    Health Care for America Now is a national grassroots campaign organizing millions of Americans to win a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all. They are grounded in organizations that can mobilize people at work, at home, in their neighborhoods, and online. The Children's Defense Fund Action Council is an Organizational Member.
  • Health Care for America Now
    Health Care for America Now is a national grassroots campaign organizing millions of Americans to win a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all. They are grounded in organizations that can mobilize people at work, at home, in their neighborhoods, and online. The Children's Defense Fund Action Council is an Organizational Member.
  • Institute for Health Policy Solutions California
    Working to achieve health care coverage for all California families through policy and program innovation, technical assistance, applied research and best practice dissemination.
  • Institute for Health Policy Solutions California
    Working to achieve health care coverage for all California families through policy and program innovation, technical assistance, applied research and best practice dissemination.