Child Health

Reaching Ohio’s Ethnic Minority Children: Summary Report and Recommendations (Published July 2015)

Ohio children must have consistent and reliable providers of health care services to ensure that their physical and emotional growth is on track. In its 2012 report, the Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey specifically recommended that “additional outreach targeting . . . potentially Medicaid-eligible but unenrolled families and children could be one strategy for reducing the number of uninsured children in Ohio.” This report summarizes outreach strategies particularly designed to expand outreach to and enrollment of Ohio’s ethnic minority and immigrant
populations, who face many barriers to enrolling and using Ohio’s Medicaid system. In 2013 and 2014, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio (CDF-Ohio) worked to address these issues by examining the accessibility of health care for low income, ethnic minority children and collaborating with community-based partners to find ways to inform families about their options for enrolling their children in Medicaid and CHIP. This report is the result of CDF-Ohio’s collaboration with community partners.