A collaborative effort of The Children's Partnership, Children Now, and Children's Defense Fund created to ensure that all of California's children obtain the health coverage they need to grow up strong and healthy



    Our Partners and Other Advocates






Our Partners and Other Advocates


American Academy of Pediatrics
Lists publications and services, gives health tips for families, and includes sections on professional education, advocacy and research.


American Academy of Pediatrics - California

AAP-CA is an organized group of over 5,000 board-certified pediatrician members of all four California regional Chapters. We are committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults living in California.


American Academy of Pediatrics: State Children's Health Insurance Program (Title XXI)
Includes SCHIP reports on eligibility and funding, a summary of SCHIP provisions, and state responses to the SCHIP.


American Medical Association
Includes a Family Focus section and KidsHealth page, covering the following topics: children's nutrition, safety and accident prevention, baby development, childhood infections, and emergencies and first aid.


American Public Health Association
This website includes a number of features, including general information about the APHA and a "What's New" section with current additions.


California Adolescent Health Collaborative
The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (AHC) is composed of 40 public and private organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of California's rapidly growing adolescent population. Formed in 1996, the AHC brings together individuals and organizations concerned with a broad range of adolescent health issues to promote a common agenda that emphasizes positive youth development and crosses categorical and disciplinary boundaries.


California Budget Project
The California Budget Project (CBP) serves as a resource to the media, policymakers, and state and local constituency groups seeking accurate information and analysis of a range of state policy issues.


California Children's Health Initiatives

CCHI is a collaboration of local Children's Health Initiatives (CHI) in 30 counties across California. Collectively, the CHIs have insured more than 88,000 previously uninsured children into the locally funded Healthy Kids program.


California Children's Hospital Association

The California Children's Hospital Association (CCHA) advances the needs of the State's Children's Hospitals through public and legislative advocacy.


California Immigrant Policy Center

The California Immigrant Policy Center is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in 1996. The Policy Center seeks to inform public debate and policy decisions on issues affecting the state's immigrants and their families in order to improve the quality of life for all Californians.


California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

To improve access to health care and eliminate health disparities by advocating for public policies and sufficient resources to address the health needs of our communities.


The California Partnership

The California Partnership is a statewide coalition of community based organizations that fight poverty in California. We work together for our common goals by organizing and advocating at the local, state and national levels for the programs and policies that reduce and end poverty.


California Rural Legal Assistance

CRLA seeks to insure that all low-income rural communities in California have access to justice and the provision of basic human-rights.


California School Health Centers Association

The California School Health Centers Association (CSHC) is the statewide organization leading the movement to put health care where kids are - in schools. Our mission is to promote the health and academic success of children and youth by increasing access to high quality health care and support services provided by school health centers.


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.


Center for Children and Families

Georgetown's Center for Children and Families (CCF) is an independent, nonpartisan policy and research center whose mission is to expand and improve health coverage for America's children and families.


The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools is a nonpartisan policy and program resource center created to strengthen health care delivery systems for children and adolescents.


Children's Specialty Care Coalition

The Children's Specialty Care Coalition is a non-profit association dedicated to educating and advocating for access to quality healthcare for California's children with special healthcare needs.


Community Health Councils, Inc.

Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit community-based health promotion, advocacy and policy organization. Our mission is to improve health and increase access to quality healthcare for uninsured, under-resourced and underserved populations.


Families USA
Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans.


First Five Association of California

The First 5 Association of California works to improve the lives of California's youngest children and their families through an effective, coordinated, and inclusive implementation of the California Children and Families Act at the local and state levels.


Health Access
Health Access is a leader in the movement for health care reform in California, promoting state-sponsored universal health care and advocating for specific incremental reforms that promise to provide immediate health care services to California's most vulnerable populations.


Institute for Child Health Policy
Organization and financing for children and youth with special needs.


Insure the Uninsured Project

ITUP identifies, assists, and promotes new approaches to expand health care and coverage for California's uninsured. The project focuses on developing common ground and establishing connections among interested and influential parties, to bring about public and private health care reform.


Kaiser Family Foundation
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropy focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation, providing facts and analyses for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public.

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California is the leading organized voice for policies, services, and conditions to improve the health of Latinos.


Maternal and Child Health Access

The mission of Maternal and Child Health Access is to improve the health of low income women and families through advocacy, education, training and direct services.



MomsRising.org is working to bring together millions of people who share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America. We are working to create both cultural and legislative change.


National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
Provides national leadership to the maternal and child health community in three key areas - program development, policy analysis and education, and information dissemination - to improve the health and well-being of the nation's children and families.


National Health Law Programs
The National Health Law Program is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities, serving legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people.


National Immigration Law Center
The National Immigration Law Center is a national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.


PICO California

PICO seeks to create new public policies and to change existing public policies in health care, education, housing, fair wages, immigration and other areas that emerge as priorities from our member congregations.


Regional Council of Rural Counties

The Regional Council of Rural Counties is dedicated to representing the collective unique interests of its membership, providing legislative and regulatory representation at the State and Federal levels, and providing responsible services to its members which will enhance and protect the quality of life in rural California counties.


Small Business California

Small Business California is a proactive, non-partisan business advocacy organization whose only agenda is the well being of California small businesses.  Working for all California small businesses for a better business environment, SB-Cal is responsive to the needs of California small business owners.


Small Business Majority

Small Business Majority is a national nonprofit organization of business entrepreneurs working to ensure prosperity in the 21st century economy by building a politically aware and active community of small business leaders.


Teachers for Healthy Kids

Teachers for Healthy Kids brings together health insurance plans and teachers dedicated to improving the health of students and increasing their chances of academic success. Working together with parents, school nurses, school support staff, administrators, government agencies and community groups, the project seeks to ensure that all children can obtain no or low cost health coverage.


United Way

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.


Western Center on Law and Poverty
The Western Center on Law and Poverty is a non-profit legal services program devoted to high-impact poverty law litigation and legislative advocacy in the state of California.


Zero to Five
An excellent source of quality information about the health, development and education of pre-school children, including links, news items, a searchable database of services, tips for parents, and Hispanic resources for families, educators, and anyone interested in issues that affect children.


Consumer [return to top]


California Health Scope
The Pacific Business Group on Health California Consumer HealthScope is an independent source of information to help you select the best quality health plans, hospitals and medical groups.


California HMO Report Card
The California Office of the Patient Advocate website includes an HMO Report Card, which can be used to compare the quality of California HMOs.


The California Patient's Guide
This guide is intended to inform you of your rights as a patient to receive quality medical care and what steps you can take if you encounter problems.


Health Consumer Alliance
HCA is a partnership of consumer assistance programs operated by community-based legal services organizations. Our common mission is to help low-income people obtain essential health care.


Health Finder
Government site for health information, choosing quality care and other issues.


Health Rights Hotline

The Health Rights Hotline provides free assistance and information about your rights in health care. We serve residents of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties in California.


From the Nemours Foundation, health care information for kids, teens, parents and professionals with features such as health games, "How the Body Works" animations, and the KidsVote health poll.


Mejorando la calidad de la atención médica
Consejo acerca de lo que se puede hacer para obtener una buena calidad de la atención médica y evitar errores medicales.
(Advice in Spanish on what people can do to obtain quality care)


Foundations [return to top]


The California Endowment

The California Endowment's mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.


California HealthCare Foundation

The California HealthCare Foundation is an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California. By promoting innovations in care and broader access to information, our goal is to ensure that all Californians can get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.


David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a private foundation. We accept grant proposals only for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, primarily from tax-exempt, charitable organizations.


Government [return to top]


California Office of the Governor
Information on the Governor of California, including the budget, policy and other statewide issues. Includes information on how to contact the Governor.


California State Assembly
Find your local Assemblymember and learn about legislation being considered by the State Assembly. Includes the ability to search for legislation by topic and bill number.


California State Senate
Find your local Senator and learn about legislation being considered by the State Senate. Includes the ability to search for legislation by topic and bill number.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Administrator of federal Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP programs.


Department of Health Care Services
Information on the administration of the Medi-Cal program as well as public information on other DHCS services.


Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board
Information on initiatives and policies surrounding the Healthy Families, Access for Infants and Mothers and other MRMIB programs.


Project Vote Smart
Profile information for federal elected officials and candidates is available in five categories: contact and biographical information, key votes, issue positions, campaign contributions, and interest group ratings from over 100 groups across the ideological spectrum.


Smart Voter is produced by the League of Women Voters of California to provide voters with comprehensive nonpartisan information about the contests on their ballot in an easy-to-use presentation and to provide a means for candidates to publish information about themselves and their candidacy directly to voters.


THOMAS - Federal Legislative Information
Federal legislative information available to the public via the Library of Congress. You can search for legislation by topic or by bill number.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Find press releases, fact sheets and policy forums, in addition to information on Health and Human Services Agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, and the Administration for Children and Families. Also includes a section called "Healthfinder" where you can search topics A-Z.


U.S. House of Representatives
News and legislation from the U.S. House of Representatives. Includes information on how to locate your Representative and provides their contact information.


U.S. Senate
News and legislation from the U.S. Senate. Includes information on how to locate your Senator and provides their contact information.


The White House
Resources on the Presidency of the United States including an online contact form to inform the President of your views on politics and policy.


Research [return to top]


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AHRQ research provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes, quality and cost, use and access. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care.


California Health Interview Survey
AskCHIS allows you to select health topics from the California Health Interview Survey that interest you and create tables and graphs.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The general information feature includes access to a variety of CDC reports, guidelines, publications, public health data, products, and subscription information.


Child Trends, Inc.
Child Trends is a non-profit research organization that focuses on research and data analyses on children, youth, and families.


Child Trends Databank
Child Trends Databank is an important online information resource featuring the most up-to-date data and research on over 70 indicators of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month.


The Institute for Health Policy Solutions
IHPS is an independent, not-for-profit organization with the mission of developing solutions to health system problems in order to expand health care coverage and improve the health and well-being of families and communities through research, policy development, and analysis.


Kaiser State Health Facts
Online facts about health in California.


Medi-Cal Policy Institute
The Medi-Cal Policy Institute, established in 1997, is an independent source of information on the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs.


National Center for Health Statistics
A highlight of this site is Faststats, an alphabetized index of virtually all health-related subjects.


The National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine website offers free access to Medline.


Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Features the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Second Edition, the Put Prevention Into Practice Home Page, and the Healthy People2000 Home Page.


Office of Health Policy
The Office of Health Policy (HP) is responsible for major activities in the areas of policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research and evaluation, and economic analysis. The Office also calculates the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) which is used in determining the amount of Federal matching funds for some State welfare and health programs.



PolicyArchive.Net is a proposed new Internet-based archive of public policy research. It will initially collect and disseminate summaries and full texts of foundation-funded policy research. It will offer a subject index, an internal search engine, research abstracts, information on researchers and funders, email notifications of new research and even user-generated research reviews. Over time, it will expand to include policy research by universities, governments and international organizations.

Public Policy Institute of CA
An independent, non-partisan research group dedicated to improving public policy through objective research on economic, social and political issues in California.


RAND Corporation

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis.


UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
The Center's research program provides analysis, information, and data on key health policy areas and issues to improve health outcomes.


The Urban Institute
The Urban Institute sponsors analyses of various issues affecting children. It's ‘Assessing the New Federalism' project maintains an extensive database of state level facts about children and families.