The following community stories describe the activities of California communities that participated in the Institute for Local Government’s three-year Communities for Healthy Kids program. These innovative efforts comprised more than 30 outreach and enrollment activities to connect families with no- and low-cost health insurance for their children and helped develop the best practices and lessons learned included in the Insuring Kids Online Resource Center.
The Institute for Local Government thanks the local officials and their local collaborating partners who participated in the projects for their leadership and creativity
Recognizing that cities can play a role in enhancing parent and family awareness about no- and low- cost health insurance for children, the City of Chula Vista’s mayor convened a task force to explore how the city might best focus its limited resources. The task force included representatives from public agencies, the private sector, a university and nonprofit community organizations, who collaborated on exploring what types of activities the city could undertake to promote enrollment in no- or low- cost health insurance options for eligible children.
The City of Huntington Park worked in several ways to increase opportunities for families to enroll their eligible children in affordable health insurance. These included working through the city’s Neighborhood Watch program, inviting health plans to a community event and establishing office hours when families could receive direct assistance in filling out the application for their children’s health insurance.
To help enroll eligible children in affordable health insurance, the City of Indio worked through its popular teen center. Because residents considered it a safe gathering place, the teen center served as the focal point for the city’s outreach activities.
The City of Riverside implemented a pilot program, Riverside Healthy Kids, to enroll eligible children in affordable health insurance through a range of innovative activities. The city partnered with local health plans, the county Children’s Health Initiative, schools and community-based organizations to conduct outreach and enrollment activities.
The City of Salinas worked to increase enrollment of eligible children for no- and low-cost health insurance by implementing outreach activities at community resource fairs. The effort built upon an existing Neighborhood Engagement Strategy approved by the city council
Collaboration between the Santa Barbara County Children’s Health Initiative and the City of Santa Barbara provided a unique opportunity to launch a new partnership to reach eligible families with information about affordable health insurance for their children.
The City of Santa Clarita strives to educate families about the health coverage options available for children, and provides several different types of enrollment opportunities to accommodate residents’ needs and preferences.
The City of South Lake Tahoe increased opportunities for families to enroll their eligible children in affordable health insurance by offering information through its Latino Affairs Commission. The city collaborated with the El Dorado County Children’s Health Initiative to provide information and enroll eligible children in no- or low-cost health insurance.
The “Helping Families Find Affordable Children’s Health Insurance” video encapsulates the goals and information developed from a three-year program called “Communities for Healthy Kids.” Hear testimonials from California city and county officials on the benefits of helping families find affordable health insurance for their children, as well as highlights of best practices and lessons learned by 10 California cities and counties that participated in the program.