The Children and Families Commission of Orange County is soliciting proposals from agencies interested and qualified to provide administrative support for a Statewide AmeriCorps VISTA program. Proposals are due October 31, 2014.
THE CHILDREN & FAMILIES COMMISSION OF ORANGE COUNTY LAUNCHES PLANNING EFFORT TO SUSTAIN SUCCESSFUL NEWBORN HEALTH PROGRAM
Commission Explores Innovative Funding Strategy as Tobacco Tax Declines
Santa Ana, Calif., September 3, 2014 —
In a time of great upheaval in health care, innovative newborn health programs operating in Orange County and Los Angeles are seeing real results: Improved health for newborns, a reduction in unnecessary ER visits and downstream savings for taxpayers. But funding for these programs come from Prop.10 cigarette taxes, revenue that continues to decline every year.
In response, the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and First 5 LA have received a grant from the California Pay for Success Initiative, a partnership of Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and the James Irvine Foundation, to apply a new opportunity in funding sustainability to vital health care and developmental services to young children. In a model known as "Pay for Success," the Commission and First 5 LA will soon leverage positive outcomes to help sustain programs that reduce health care costs and benefit the community at large.
SAVE THE DATE -- The Children and Families Commission is partnering with the Children's Center at Caltech and THINK Together for the 2015 Early Childhood STEM Conference scheduled for February 5-7 in Costa Mesa.
The 2014 Community Indicators Report was released in April. The report tracks key countywide trends in the areas of business, technology, education, health and wellness, public safety, environment and civic engagement. The annual report is jointly produced by the Children and Families Commission and CalOptima with underwriting from Orange County United Way. Visit the County of Orange website for past reports.
In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement emphasizing that “all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults through 26 years of age must have access to comprehensive health care benefits that will ensure their optimal health and wellbeing.”
Children grow at rapid rates, and health problems – if untreated – can affect a child’s cognitive, physical, behavioral and emotional development. Health insurance coverage is the most common route to ensuring a child accesses routine medical care, including screenings for dental, vision, and developmental or behavioral concerns, together with referrals and treatment when needed. However, many children – including those with special medical risks – lack access to health care, or for a variety of reasons, do not access available resources.
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County released a report marking 15 years of working to improve the lives of young children, guided by its commitment to ensure that “All children are healthy and ready to learn.” While documenting the achievements of the past decade and a half, the report, titled “15 Years and Moving Forward,” also sets the stage for the Commission’s evolving role in serving the county’s young children and families.