National League of Cities to improve children's access to healthcare
February 04, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) recently announced a three-year project that will be backed by a $3.25 million grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies to level the playing field and help children across the country gain better access to healthcare coverage. This is part of Atlantic Philanthropies KidsWell Campaign, which advocates for healthcare reform on behalf of children.
"Cities have a major stake in the health of their communities. There are currently 7 million uninsured children in the U.S. who are at risk of receiving inadequate medical care and experiencing poor health outcomes," said NLC president Marie Lopez Rogers. Rogers is also the mayor of Avondale, Arizona.
NLC will play a pivotal role in amending current disparities by connecting with city leaders and providing education and assistance that will help local communities leverage existing programs and boost enrollment. In particular, NLC aims to increase the number of kids participating in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid.
Representatives from 20 city teams will receive peer education and training at two regional leadership academies planned for this summer. NLC will then go through a selection process to identify teams to receive grant funding to aid in planning and deploying better strategies.
Foundations and organizations that provide annual funding might benefit from nonprofit accounting software, which can help board members audit funds and make sure the correct amounts are being distributed to various programs each year.