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June 2003 Newsletter

Next WVHK&FC Meetings:

July 16
Outreach Committee 10:00-12:00
July 16
Full Coalition
1:00-300 John XXIII Pastoral Center August 20
Steering Committee     10:00-12:00
Simplification/Coordination Committee 1:00-3:00  2003 Quarrier Street, East

September 5       Steering Committee   10:00-12:00             2003 Quarrier Street, East

2003 Quarrier Street, East

Contact us:

2003 Quarrier St. East Charleston, WV  25311

(304) 558-2397
(304) 558-0596-fax

Julie Greathouse
(304) 558-2397

Charles Blackmon
(304) 558– 1955

July 2003

State Fair Volunteers Needed

WVCHIP is still looking for volunteers to staff the booth at the West Virginia State Fair during the week of August 8 - 17.    

Volunteers will distribute promotional items, information and applications to fair-goers.  There will be two shifts:  9 am - 3 pm and 3 pm - 9 pm.
CHIP will provide lodging and the entrance ticket to the fair.  Parking is free.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact: Pam Gunter at 558-6633 or pamelagunter@wvdhhr.org

 News from the WV CHIP Office

WV CHIP enrollment numbers have been increasing each month for the past three months. CHIP is now averaging a total enrollment of 21,700 kids a day.

The WV CHIP office provided a $2,000 grant to WVU Adolescent Medicine for Prevention Summer 2003. They will be conducting preventive services for youth and targeting diabetic education. Those at risk for diabetes will be entered into an 8 week nutrition and exercise program.  In addition a $2,000 grant was provided to Jefferson County Board of Education for Prevention Summer 2003 (Healthy Kids Day).

Outreach funding was continued for Fred Cooper (Raleigh, Wyoming, Fayette) & Marla Short (Poca, Upshur, Randolph) through September 30.

The faith based Outreach Committee is working on reaching out to the faith community in Wood County.

Back to School Campaign 2003

The Annual Back to School Campaign kicks off August 1 and runs through the end of September. The goal is to enroll children into the Medicaid and CHIP programs, get them to visit their providers for the prevention services and
to encourage families to partake of the Tax Free Weekend in August.

The WV CHIP office will be purchasing bike helmets and scooters for agencies to give away in conjunction with their åBack to SchoolÇ enrollment efforts.  The helmets will be available in the following sizes:

ChildÇsà 5-8 yrs.

Youthà 8-14 yrs.

Adultà 14 +

Organizations that are planning events should notify the WV CHIP office with the date and nature of the event as well as the sizes of helmets you would like for you event.  The number of helmets distributed to each organization will depend on the number of responses.


Organizations that respond will be entered into a drawing to receive one of the scooters to be given away as a grand prize.  Events will also be listed on the WV CHIP activities calendar.  To register your event, contact Pam Gunter at (304) 558-6633 or e-mail at pamelagunter@wvdhhr.org by June 30.

We know there will be many exciting activities going on through out the
state including:
* Back to School Bash at Glade Elementary School
in Webster County
*Kiddie Fair combined with a Health Fair at Summersville Hospital
*Pool Party in Randolph County
*Picnic at the WV Wildlife Preserve in Upshur County
*Pool Party in Pocahontas County
*Pool Party wiht a DJ in Braxton County.

New location for WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

The WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is on the move.  As of July 1, 2020, the Coalition has a new location at 2003 Quarrier Street, East in Charleston.   We will be located on the second floor above the WV Dental Association. 

Please make a note of our address change:

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition 2003 Quarrier Street, East Charleston, WV  25311  

(304) 345-6349 (304) 345-6620(fax)

Coalition Meeting on July 16 at John XXIII Pastoral Center

The Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is changing the location of its meetings.  Beginning on July 16, 2020, the Coalition will meet at the John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston.  The Full Coalition will meet from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. The agenda will include planning for the future work of the Coalition.  Please come and help us think about how we can build on our successes in enrolling children in WVCHIP and Medicaid.   The Outreach Committee will meet from 10 to noon on the same day. 

Directions to John XXIII Center: Take Oakwood Road exit.  Follow Corridor G (US Rt. 119) south past Ashton Place Shopping Center.  Turn left on Hodges Road soon after Ashton Place.  Drive to end of Hodges Road. 

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Meeting Dates for 2003

The 2003 meeting schedule for the WVHK&F Coalition is as follows:

Outreach Committee and Full Coalition:

July 16, 2020

10:00-12:00 OC

1:00-3:00 FC

John XXIII Pastoral Center

October 22, 2020 10:00-12:00 OC

1:00-3:00 FC

Morgantown (location to be announced)

Steering Committee:

All meetings of the Steering Committee will be held at the WVHKFC office from 10:00-12:00.

August 20, 2020

September 5, 2020

October 15, 2020

November 12, 2020

December 17, 2020

Simplification/ Coordination Committee:

August 20, 2020


WVHKFC  office

Health Coverage Makes a Difference for Families and Communities

A recent report from Covering Kids and Families summarizes the findings of numerous research studies and documents the value of CHIP and Medicaid coverage for children, families and communities.  The findings include:


For Children and Families

          Promotes access to care:  Previously uninsured children who become enrolled in Medicaid have fewer unmet needs and fewer delays in getting needed care.

          Increases use of necessary and appropriate care:  Medicaid reduces the use of hospital emergency rooms and reduces the rate of preventable hospitalizations.

          Promotes health and improves health outcomes:  Medicaid expansions have been associated with reductions in infant mortality rates.

          Improves familiesÇ financial security:  Low-income families of children enrolled in Medicaid spend considerably less out-of-pocket than families of uninsured Medicaid-eligible children.

          Improve familiesÇ well-being- Helps children learn and participate in normal childhood activities:  Public coverage for children enhances the ability of children to engage in normal activities of childhood

          May promote employment among parents:  Public health coverage may increase womenÇs employment.   


For Communities

          Brings federal matching funds into state, provides fiscal relief:  The federal Medicaid match is 75 percent; the WVCHIP match is 82 percent.

          Brings federal matching funds into state:  Promotes community  economic development through jobs creation and income growth.

          Helps assure community access to care:  Reduces uncompensated care burdens on providers and localities.

Helps assure community health:  Provides access to care for low-income children and parents at risk of communicable diseases; reduces burden on public health departments.






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