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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
    The Joint Center's research focuses on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color, and informs and educates policymakers and advocates to influence public opinion and national policy.
  • Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
    The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides information and analysis on health care coverage and access for the low-income population, with a special focus on Medicaid's role and coverage of the uninsured
  • Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
    KFF is a leading resource on health care, that publishes facts, data, polling, news reports and analysis in a manner relevant to researchers and accessible for people of all ages.
  • Kaisernetwork.org
    Kaisernetwork publishes a daily health policy report and a weekly health disparities report that synthesizes local and national health care news, as well as the latest research findings.
  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
    LCCR consists of more than 192 national organizations and advocates to promote the enactment and enforcement of effective civil rights legislaiton and policy.
  • March of Dimes
    The March of Dimes - through research, awareness, education, and advocacy - works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
  • Medical Board of California
    The mission of the Medical Board is to protect healthcare consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied healthcare professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and, to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.
  • National Alliance for Hispanic Health
    Our goal is to improve health for all by using the Hispanic experience as a way to design a better system for health prevention and care. Activities: consumer and provider education, community programs, technology resources, help lines, teen theatre, policy development, advocacy, and research.
  • National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions
    Children's hospitals and related institutions are not-for-profit organizations advocating for health systems that ensure children's access to quality health care.
  • National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
    NCCP promotes the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation.
  • National Coalition on Health Care
    The National Coalition on Health Care is a national, nonpartisan coalition working for affordable health coverage for everyone
  • National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights (NCGCR)
    NCGCR is a coaltion of grandparents, citizens, and agencies that advocate and lobby for legislative changes that protect the rights of grandparents to secure their grandchildren's health, happiness and well-being. NCGCR is committed to monitoring agencies that affect grandchildren at the city, county, state and federal levels and to protect the rights of grandparents and the needs of grandchildren who are at risk.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
    NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
  • National Council of La Raza
    The National Council of La Raza is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas – assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.
  • National Network for Youth
    The National Network for Youth is committed to ensuring that opportunities for growth and development be available to youth everywhere. The youth they work with face greater odds due to abuse and neglect, homelessness, lack of resources, community prejudice, differing abilities and other life challenges. For that reason, they are working to create a community of agencies, people and resources to champion the needs of the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
  • National Partnership for Women & Families
    The National Partnership advocates for fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family
  • National Women's Law Center
    The Center focuses on making the law an public policies work for women and their families - particularly around education, employment, family economic security and health.
  • New America Foundation
    The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.
  • One Voice
    One Voice supports the need for strong prevention and early intervention programs, and the ability to maximize federal funding for health and human service programs in Texas, so that we can "Keep Texas dollars working in Texas."
  • Opportunity Agenda
    The Opportunity Agenda partners with advocates, researchers, and policymakers to ensure that all people have access to a good education, a decent job at a living wage, an affordable place to live, and high quality health care.
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
    The Pew Trust funds programs and releases publications to advance policy soultions on a wide array of problems, including the foster care system, access to preschool, family financial security, and health care.
  • Public Welfare Foundation
    The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. They look for carefully defined points where funds can make a difference in bringing about systemic changes that can improve the lives of countless people.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds research and programs to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Their program areas and publications include health coverage, health disparities, and childhood obesity.
  • Speak Now for Kids
    Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform is a national campaign sponsored by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.). N.A.C.H. is joined by national partners and supporting organizations from around the country who all care deeply about how children will be treated in health reform. Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform urges parents, family members, health care providers and other advocates to tell Congress why children matter in health reform – through stories, photos and videos.
  • Texans Care for Children
    Texans Care for Children works to improve the lives of Texas children by building commitment and action for improved public policy and programs. Their issues include: child poverty and family economic security; child and maternal health; children’s mental health; early care and education; child welfare; and at-risk youth and juvenile justice.