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The West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is a group of individuals, private organizations and state agencies working to improve the health of children and families in West Virginia. We provide a forum for diverse organizations to discuss, coordinate and collaborate on issues that improve the health and well-being of West Virginia children.

The Coalition conducts studies, convenes meetings and develops recommendations for public and private action.

The Coalition regularly issues reports and policy briefs related to the health and well-being of West Virginia children. 

For the past eight years the Coalition has worked in West Virginia to support and promote health insurance coverage for West Virginia children. Its mission has to been to (1) promote coverage through CHIP and Medicaid, (2) reach out to families to enroll children, (3) support policies that simplify the eligibility and enrollment process, and (4) coordinate child health programs.

In 2007, the Coalition is reorganizing to emphasize its coordination mission. CHIP expansion to cover all children will still be a priority, but in addition, the Coalition will support and promote improvements in perinatal health, school health, oral health and address the integration of child development and primary care. The Coalition’s Agenda for Child Health can be seen here.

West Virginia First Lady Gayle Manchin
 Supports Children's Health


News and Updates
Save the Date!
The 2008 Growing Healthy Children Conference on Child Health and Development will be held November 13 – 14, 2008 at the Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston. The Conference will include plenary sessions on public policy and child health and medical homes, as well as workshops on oral health, perinatal concerns, and child development. The 2008 “No Greater Legacy/Distinguished West Virginia Award” will also be presented. More information coming soon!  Sign up for e-mail updates on this important conference.

Help Celebrate SCHIP’s 10th Anniversary
As the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) enters its tenth year, the Healthy Kids and Families Coalition would like to celebrate by hearing from families who have been impacted by this program. If you know of someone who could speak or write to this, please e-mail Jeff Allen or call him at Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, West Virginia Council of Churches, 344-3141.

A Forum on the Future of Health Care Access
in West Virginia
Sunday, September 14th, 2008 2:00 – 4:30 PM, Temple Israel, 2312 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston W.Va.  View flyer.

August Enrollment Report

--Low-Income Uninsured Children (2007)

WHAT'S NEW WITH MEDICAID: How to Get the Services You Need
 --West Virginia has made some major changes to part of its Medicaid program in the last year. If you are included in the groups covered by the new plan, the way you decide to deal with the changes can have a big impact on the kinds of services you and your children may
receive. This guide is aimed at helping you deal with the changes. (PDF, 10MB)

2006 Town Meetings on Child Health

Working to Improve Oral Health

Supporting School Health


New location:
W. Va. Perinatal Partnership-2008


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