Policy Changes Can Affect Children’s Health

The federal policy landscape is in flux, and health care is among the top priorities of Congress and the new administration.  The Florida Health Funder Collaborative members have come together to support research and education on the implications of federal and state health policy changes and how they can affect the health of Floridians.  Lisa Portelli, Program Director for Winter Park Health Foundation, and Johnette Gindling, President of Space Coast Health Foundation serve as co-chairs for the Florida Health Funder Collaborative.

Joan Alker
Executive Director and Research Professor
Georgetown University Center for Children and Families

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families research will provide access to information for Floridians regarding how the various policy proposals to alter or repeal the ACA, Medicaid, and CHIP could impact health care in Florida–especially for children. Georgetown researchers will develop a series of issue briefs.  The series is titled, “The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program: What Changes Could Mean for Florida.”  In addition, Georgetown University will conduct two webinars to provide presentations of this data and allow for audience feedback and questions.  Past webinars on these topics have attracted as many as 500 stakeholders throughout Florida and other parts of the country.

The following foundations contributed a total of $75,000 funding toward this effort:

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Florida Blue Foundation

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Health Foundation of South Florida

Healthy St. Pete Foundation

Jessie Ball DuPont Fund

Quantum Foundation

Space Coast Health Foundation

Winter Park Health Foundation

Joan Alker, Executive Director and Research Professior at Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, will be the lead on this project.  Ms. Alker has twenty-five years of experience working on issues affecting low-income families, has authored numerous reports and studies on a range of issues including Medicaid waivers, child and family coverage; and was the principal investigator of a multi-year study on Florida’s Medicaid program.

Ms. Alker and her associates at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families publish the health policy blog – Say Ahhh!