Keeping Kids Connected to Care During COVID-19

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) have teamed up to protect children’s health and well-being with the launch of a joint project: “Keeping Kids Connected to Care During COVID-19 and Beyond”. CCF, AAP and a network of children’s advocates will work together to educate the public and policymakers about how the state and national response to the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting children. These impacts include threats to access to care, declining vaccination rates, and delayed identification and treatment for developmental and behavioral health problems that create new challenges and exacerbate preexisting health disparities. The goal of the project is to protect and improve children’s access to comprehensive care through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) during and after the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the capacity for collaborative initiatives between state child advocates, health policy experts and AAP chapters.

Together, pediatricians, health policy experts and child health advocates can help children and families address the health challenges they face during the pandemic and beyond.

Resources

Webinar: Ensuring Children’s Access to Care Through Medicaid During COVID-19
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How can child advocates, providers and other stakeholders work with state Medicaid agencies to implement telehealth policies and eligibility and enrollment strategies that help ensure children have access to coverage and healthcare services during the COVID-19 crisis? Find out in this webinar from Manatt Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Voices, and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

Webinar: Preventive Medicine During a Pandemic: Ensuring Children’s Needs are Met
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The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families discuss the challenges facing children, families, and their care teams, and partners in Ohio share their experiences to educate and engage the community to support children’s access to care.

Additional resources are available to project participants here.

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