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May/June 2004

WV Cover the Uninsured Week
   Due to the conflict of the Primary election and the National Cover the Uninsured Week campaign, Governor Wise proposed the state having it's own "Cover the Uninsured Week" in June. This statewide event could be coordinated with the state's birthday (June 20) and Health Care National Day of Action: Bridging the Gap

(June 19).
   Members of the CUW planning committee decided to pursue the Governor's suggestion, canceling all state events planned for May 10-16, in favor of coordinating events in June. Local events will go on as planned.
   We will be including information on ‘WV Cover the Uninsured Week’, as it becomes available, on our website at: www.wvhealthykids.org

WVHKFC Full Coalition Meeting– May 19th
There will be a meeting of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition on May 19 from 1:00-3:00 at the John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston.
   The agenda for this meeting will include a discussion on Legislative updates and health issues, WV Cover the Uninsured Week, policy and process recommendations from the Simplification and Coordination report, and CHIP and Medicaid updates.
All who are interested are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact jdg_outreach@hotmail.com

Every Child Matters Comes to WV
   Every Child Matters, a national voter education project on children’s issues, which was very active in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, has come to WV. Every Child Matters Communications Director, Tom LaPointe, will be working full-time to make children a campaign issue in the presidential, gubernatorial, and state legislative races.
   Every Child Matters-WV has conducted a gubernatorial survey which can be viewed on their website at www.everychildmatters.org Future activities will include public opinion polls on children’s issues, local meetings and forums, voter registration efforts, and the distribution of the ‘I vote for kids’ bumper stickers.
   Every Child Matters will bring substantial resources from national funders to support the project, but they still need to raise money locally from individuals and organizations to make the campaign a success. For more information or to get involved, contact:

Every Child Matters in West Virginia
2003 Quarrier Street, East
Charleston, WV 25311

Tom LaPointe: tlapointe@everychildmatters.org
Or contact Anne Durham at 304-523-6162, adurham@childspeakcreative.com

Cabin Creek ‘Reach Out and Read’ Program Needs Volunteers
   Cabin Creek Health Center still needs volunteers for the Reach Out and Read Program. The center has books for you to use; however, please feel free to bring your own books to share with the children.
   Volunteers are needed every Monday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and every Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm, or they can work around your schedule if you need a different time. For more information contact Heather White at (304) 595-5006 Ext. 229 (You must hit option 8 before entering the extension) or by e-mail at hwhite@cchcwv.com

Every Child Matters-WV Needs a Van
   Do you know of any organization, car dealership, or individual that has a van that they can do without until November 2004?
The Every Child Matters in West Virginia Campaign is looking for a dependable van that can be driven around the state of WV to events... for several purposes. First, to draw attention to the needs of children. Second, to encourage voter registration. Third, to publicize the results of a survey of WV gubernatorial candidates opinions related to children's issues and the results of a WV public opinion survey on children's issues. The van would only be needed until November. Every Child Matters in West Virginia Campaign would be interested in a donated for the duration van, a rent option, and even possibly a purchase option. Please contact Tom LaPointe at: tlapointe@everychildmatters.org
(304) 345-6349

Community Voices Continues!
   Although no longer receiving support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, WV Community Voices continues! Core members incorporated the organization in December as a not-for-profit. The organization will continue work on WV health policy issues of the uninsured and underserved. Incorporators include Nancy Tolliver, Paul Gilmer, Renate Pore, Michele Baranaskas, and Julie Pratt. They may be reached at WV Community Voices, Inc., 2003 Quarrier Street East, Charleston, WV 25311, 304-345-6349. Keep your eyes and ears open to Community Voices...more to come.

Phone: 304-345-6349
Fax: 304-345-6620

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
Next WVHK&FC Meetings:

May 19, 2004
Community Partner/ Outreach 10:00-12:00
Full Coalition
John XXIII Pastoral Center

Hodges Rd, Charleston, WV 25314


June 2, 2004
Steering Committee Meeting 10:00-12:00

2003 Quarrier St, Charleston, WV 25311



West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

2003 Quarrier St., East

Charleston, WV 25311

(304) 345-6349  (304) 345-6620-fax

Renate E. Pore

(304) 345-6349


Julie Greathouse

(304) 345-6349




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