W. Va. Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

growing healthy children and families


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. Read

Your Child

An 80 page book for parents of children birth to three . The book provides information on well-child visits and helpful tips on important topics for parents of young children including nutrition, oral health, child development and others. The book was developed by the West Virginia Primary Care Association and the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition and their community partners. The book supports the integration of child development practices into primary care. The project was supported with funds from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Children’s Mental Health Division of the Bureau for Behavioral Health Services, DHHR. Read 

Summary of HR 1688 (All Healthy Children Act) proposed in March, 2007

2008 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

Income Levels Qualifying for WV Children's Health Insurance Program  Flyer published by WVCHIP for 2006.

2005 Final Report to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition has received $1.3 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for "Covering Kids and Families."  Thanks to our state and local partnerships, we have had extraordinary success with meeting the goals of the project. Read

What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick - 2005

This is a report on a 2005 study based on self-reported data from parents and other caregivers about how they take care of their children’s minor medical needs. Study participants answered 29 questions in a pre-intervention questionnaire and the same questions six months later following visits in the home by a Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visitor. The PAT home visitor gave each participant a free book, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick; reviewed and discussed the book with parents and followed up each month for 5 more months visiting the parent in the home and spending a few minutes discussing the book and its content. The study showed that parents (1) were much more likely to first consult a health book instead of a health care professional, (2) were more confident in taking care of their children’s minor medical needs at home, (3) used fewer emergency room, doctor/clinic services, and hospital services.  Read

What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick - 2006

This report expands on the 2005 project.  This project, conducted in Fayette and Nicholas Counties in West Virginia was also based on self-reported data from parents and other caregivers about how they take care of their children’s minor medical needs. In many respects the good results were similar to those of the 2005 study, but in some respects they differed. Read

Experiences in receiving Health Care by West Virginia CHIP and Medicaid Families

This report by the United Way of West Virginia Health Care Access Project summarizes interviews with 101 WVCHIP and Medicaid families about their health care experiences in Kanawha, Clay, Boone and Putnam counties. The study found that, with the exception of dental care for adults, most families interviewed get the care they need when they need it. However after-hours and on weekends, many families don't seem to know any alternative to getting care other than going to a hospital emergency room. The report includes recommendations. Read