Author: Dawn Schluckebier

How Cities Are Helping Children Get The Nutrition They Need

It’s no secret that city leaders are committed to improving child nutrition and enrichment. As part of the Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) program, over 30 cities are working with the National League of Cities (NLC) to connect kids with better nutrition and enrichment programming — resources that will help them

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Low on Funds? Your City Can Still Provide Nutritional Meals to Children Outside School.

Working with NLC through the CHAMPS initiative, a cohort of small cities in Alabama is showing the rest of the country how they are successfully increasing access to out-of-school time meals for children. Cities across the country, large and small, face the same challenge with many of their low-income children losing access to nutritious meals

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NLC Summer Leadership Academy: How to Connect Your City’s Families and Children to Health Coverage

NLC’s YEF Institute has seen committed city leaders across a wide range of agencies use their unique positions in city government to improve the health of children and families in their communities by launching or supporting health insurance outreach and enrollment campaigns. NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) is offering a new

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Cities Can Improve Public Health at the Local Level

City-led outreach and enrollment campaigns can help to connect eligible but uninsured children and families to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – and an NLC initiative can support those campaigns. Monday marked the first day of National Public Health Week – a perfect opportunity to highlight the role of local public health

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Cities Can Still Help Children and Families Get Health Insurance

“It doesn’t matter why people don’t have insurance; what matters is that we help them get it.” -Valerie McDonald Roberts, City of Pittsburgh (Getty Images) Although the 2015 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace has passed, there are still ways for children and families to get covered. Depending

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This Year, Cities Have Got You Covered

This blog post was co-written by Carla Plaza, consultant to NLC’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative. Eight cities are taking bold new steps to increase Medicaid and CHIP enrollment this year. (Getty Images) Yes, it’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about the NFL playoffs or flu season, though.

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How Cities Can Reduce the Number of Uninsured Children

After working with 12 cities for the last six months as they developed outreach and enrollment campaigns to increase enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP, we are excited to announce that we have selected 8 cities to continue on to the third and final implementation phase of our Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families

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Summer Vacation Doesn’t Have to be a Break from Healthy Meals for Kids

No matter how many years have passed since you were in school, you probably haven’t forgotten that feeling of anticipation for summer vacation as school winds down for the year. Remember starting to get antsy sitting in class and thinking about sleeping in, homework-free afternoons and the hot summer sun? However, as those familiar with

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Financially Empowering Families by Connecting Them to Medicaid and CHIP

This blog post also appears on MomsRising.org. There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment. Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship. City leaders

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