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Improving Care Coordination for California’s Children and Youth in Foster Care Using Integrated Personal Health Records: A Strategic Plan of Action

PHR strategic planThis Report outlines both the Strategic Plan developed as a result of the planning grant, and the progress made since the Plan was completed. Consistent with the Plan’s recommendations, a variety of public and private partners have been implementing two County demonstration projects to test two models for providing an electronic personal health record to children and youth in foster care, measure the impact of the PHR on their lives, and generate lessons learned for scaling the model to other counties and/or statewide.

Download the full report here (pdf).  
Word version also available.


California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program

CCDDPP_Background_Doc_02-1.14The California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program (CCDDPP) was a highly successful program that helped to improve the oral health of California’s underserved children. Between 1980 and 2009, CCDDPP provided school-based oral health prevention services to hundreds of thousands of underserved children. Funding for the program was suspended indefinitely in 2009.

With dental disease being the number one chronic health problem among children in California and nationally and schools being the ideal place to reach children with necessary preventive dental care, it’s time to restore funding to CCDDPP.

Download the full background paper on CCDDPP here.


FAQ: California’s New Express Lane Enrollment Process

CalFRESH_Express_Lane_for_orgs_TCP_finalThis 2-page FAQ explains how families on CalFresh can express enroll into Medi-Cal for 2014. California has opted to “express enroll” 153,000 children and about 550,000 adults who are enrolled in CalFresh, but not currently enrolled in Medi-Cal. The “Express Lane Enrollment” process allows these selected individuals to be immediately enrolled in Medi-Cal by simply giving their OK. This is an exciting opportunity to quickly enroll huge numbers of California children and adults in health insurance. The Medi-Cal program provides no-cost coverage for comprehensive health care such as doctor visits, hospital visits, prescription drugs, mental health care, and dental care for children (partial dental for adults starting in May).

Download California’s New Express Lane Enrollment Process EnglishSpanish



Using Electronic Information Exchange to Improve Care and Health Outcomes

This fact sheet describes the health and well-being challenges children and youth in foster care face, and outlines the potential for developing electronic information exchange in California to address these challenges. Examples of this type of electronic care coordination in other states are provided. Download the fact sheet here


The Virtual Dental Home

Jenny Kattlove | October 2013

VDH_-_Formatted_revision_-_10.16.13New advances in technology are announced every day, but often overlooked is the opportunity to turn these advances into better oral health for underserved children and adults. The Virtual Dental Home, being demonstrated by the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (Pacific), combines technological advances with innovations in workforce to reach underserved children and adults with the dental care they need.

Download here.


Finding Dental Care in California: A Snapshot of Using the State’s Website to Find a Medi-Cal Dentist for Children

Jenny Kattlove | July 2013

Finding_Dental_Care_July_22This Issue Brief summarizes findings from a study that illustrates the difficulty parents of children enrolled in Medi-Cal often experience in accessing dental care for their children. The study mimicked the online process that parents can use to try to find a dentist who treats Medi-Cal patients and found the experience often exasperating. 

Specifically, it looks at the accuracy and reliability of the State’s online resource—the national website—for identifying dentists who treat children enrolled in Medi-Cal, and assesses families’ experiences when calling identified dentists.

Key Findings

  • Too often, children were denied services because providers didn’t treat children enrolled in Medi-Cal, despite the site claiming they did.
  •  Providers frequently denied some or all services for younger children. 
  •  Too many Spanish-speaking families had difficulty getting assistance in Spanish, despite site claiming the availability of Spanish-speaking staff.
  • Too often, the information on the was inaccurate.

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Electronic Information Exchange: Elements that Matter for Children in Foster Care

Beth Morrow | January 2013

Electronic_Information_Exchange_Elements_SPARCThis brief lays out the case for investing in systems that enable electronic information exchange for children and youth in foster care, reviews existing efforts underway in states and communities, identifies specific elements that serve this population most effectively, and discusses steps that state advocates can take to establish an integrated electronic record of care for foster children and youth in their state.

Download the issue brief.

The Children’s Partnership and SPARC co-hosted a webinar, Electronic Information Exchange: Elements that Matter for Children in Foster Care (audio recording and slides), providing examples of current electronic information exchange programs in the states.


Fix Medi-Cal Dental Coverage: Half of California Kids Depend On It

By Jenny Kattlove | January 2013

TCPdental-issue_brief_thumbnail_4Medi-Cal’s dental program will soon provide dental services to about 50 percent of California’s children. Yet, the program has proven to be inadequate to meet their needs. This Issue Brief spotlights stories of children enrolled in Medi-Cal trying to access dental care. The Brief highlights the challenges facing Medi-Cal in providing dental care to children, examines the State’s efforts to address these problems, and provides an action plan to help the program serve its growing number of enrollees. 


Download the Issue Brief and a supplemental infographic.

To read more stories of families who have struggled to access needed dental care for their children, visit Meet the Children Behind the Issue. 


Can Game Companies Help America's Children?

By Wendy Lazarus | September 2012

VG4KBriefingDocIndustryCOVERSep17FinalThe report includes the results of a yearlong study of the $25.1 billion digital game industry and provides a focused look at the demographics of gamers, trends in social gaming and virtual goods, and the potential of cause partnerships to benefit child health and education.

Download the full report.


Using Telehealth Technologies to Improve Oral Health for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

Jenny Kattlove | July 2012

Using-Telehealth-Technologies-to-improve-oral-health-CDAJournalTelehealth refers to the use of technology to provide health care at a distance. The important and increasing role of telehealth in the delivery of health care has been recognized for several decades. Although there are fewer reports on the use of telehealth to deliver oral health services, evidence is emerging that these technologies can enhance the ability of the oral health delivery system to reach vulnerable and underserved populations.

Download the report. 

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