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Local school districts find partnership to ensure student healthcare

Children's Defense Fund California
Children's Defense Fund California

The Lynwood Unified School District, along with the Compton Unified in Compton, the Mt. View School District in El Monte, and El Rancho Unified in Pico Rivera, is working in collaboration with the Children's Defense Fund and The School Superintendents Association (AASA) to identify and enroll uninsured children into health coverage.

While California has made tremendous progress in reducing the number of uninsured children over the past several years, hundreds of thousands of California children remain uninsured and many of those children are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance but are not yet covered.

"This project will bring us a step closer to ensuring that every child has the health care they need to do well in school," said Lorena Sanchez, Health Programs Coordinator at Children's Defense Fund-California.

A growing body of research demonstrates that healthy students are more likely to attend school, are better able to focus in class and are more ready to learn, ultimately earning better grades and achieving more in school.

“Our school district has been proactive about seeking out valuable partnerships like this one that does so much for our children in terms of their overall well-being and their ability to do well in school,” said Lynwood Unified Board of Education President Briseida Gonzalez. “We are dedicated to connecting our families to information and resources that will help them access the services they need.”

"This partnership between school districts and supporting organizations is essential to our efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in Medi-Cal, Covered California and other programs,” said Sharon-Adams Taylor, Associate Executive Director of the AASA. The project is made possible by a grant awarded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, a private foundation that is dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged communities.

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