Jax Receives NLC Grant

Jacksonville, FL was one of eight cities selected by the National League of Cities (NLC) to participate in the Cities Expanding Health Access to Children and Families (CEHACF) Initiative!

CEHACF will help cities implement comprehensive campaigns to reduce the uninsured rate for children and families in each of the selected cities. Families with health insurance reduce emergency room visits, avoid crushing health care costs, and have healthier children who perform better in school.

NLC will provide cities with customized assistance, access to best practices and national experts and opportunities for peer learning during the implementation process. Emphasis will be placed on cross-community collaboration among city agencies, school districts, hospitals and clinics and other community-based organizations.

”The health of our community depends on the health of our people, especially our children,” said Mayor Brown. “This new partnership with the National League of Cities is a great opportunity for our community to work together to increase the number of Jacksonville children who have access to health care.”

Jacksonville received the grant to implement the Cover Jacksonville Campaign. Cover Jacksonville will build on existing enrollment efforts and leveraging community resources in order to reduce the number of uninsured Duval County children by 20% by December 2015. Led by the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, the campaign’s key partners include the Mayor’s appointment of Jacksonville’s first-ever Commissioner of Health, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, United Way of Northeast Florida, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, the Florida Department of Health in Duval County and Duval County Public Schools.

Cover Jacksonville will focus on four outreach and enrollment strategies:

·         Building Capacity

·         Raising Awareness

·         Establishing a Single Point of Access

·         Identifying Uninsured Children through Public Schools

Cover Jacksonville presents an excellent opportunity to improve the health of our community and create a community-wide approach to sustaining a culture of health and wellness in Jacksonville, Florida.

For more information on how participate in the campaign, contact Cheryl Townsend, Cover Jacksonville Project Director, at cherylt@coj.net or (904) 630-6405.