Dear Friends of Healthier Kids Foundation,
Both Santa Clara County and the State of California have experienced some great news this year: California will enroll undocumented children into full scope Medi-Cal within the next few months (up to 266% of the Federal Poverty Level). This expansion will extend Medi-Cal coverage to an estimated 170,000 undocumented immigrant children under age 19 (link to article below).
Insuring undocumented children through the Healthy Kids program in Santa Clara County became a replicable program in at least 27 other California counties. This effort made by so many local partners has allowed the State of California to take the next step forward, which is enabling a large portion of the undocumented children to have the opportunity to obtain health insurance. In our county, the Board of Supervisors implemented a health coverage program that enables children with family incomes up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level to access health coverage. Truly, this is an example of a large scale systemic change utilizing cross-sector coordination and we can all claim credit for its positive impact. Next, the bad news: According to a recent UCLA study, one out of every 11 adults in our county are diagnosed as diabetic and another 46% of adults are pre-diabetic (often without being diagnosed). Without intervention efforts, it is projected that up to 30% of Santa Clara County adults with prediabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes within five years, and up to 70% will develop diabetes within their lifetime. This is as catastrophic as global warming. Our best solution is prevention.
We, the Healthier Kids Foundation, are at the intersection of children’s preventive health, health access, and education. We believe that the most efficient and effective approach to health prevention is to prepare to educate parents on the process of utilizing their preventive health services for their children so that they learn to regularly use them. As a nation, 95% of the trillion dollars we spend on health care goes to direct medical services, while just a shocking 5% is invested in population approaches to health improvement.
Each board and staff member of Healthier Kids Foundation has made health, not necessarily health care their mission in life. Staff are knowledgeable and passionate about their work and they strive to never give up on a child that needs their help. Our mission is to ensure that every child in our community receives the family-centered care that he or she needs to thrive. All children need access to quality health care in order to be academically and socially successful.
Chief Executive Officer