In August 2015, Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) announced that ARCHS is part of a new push to help increase awareness among those who remain uninsured. This outreach comes at a critical time, with the next annual enrollment period in the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace set to start on November 1 and continue through January 31.
ARCHS was selected by MFH as one of 15 organization partners in the St. Louis region for a new program – Grassroots Outreach to Maximize Enrollment (GOME). The aim of GOME is to increase enrollment by raising awareness and understanding of the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace.
"We're looking forward to our GOME partners joining the cause," said Nancy Kelley, MFH Program Director for Expanding Coverage. "These groups are trusted allies in their communities and they have the ability to break down barriers that have kept some uninsured people from getting covered in the past."
As of February of this year, 253,430 Missourians signed up for coverage through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, with the state ranking 9th for the total number of enrollees. That number broke the inaugural year's record by more than 100,000 people. This success is due, in large part, to the ongoing efforts of MFH's Cover Missouri Coalition and its work to educate and enroll consumers in Marketplace plans.
As part of GOME, the 15 St. Louis organizations will join with 23 other GOME grantees across the state to become members of this growing Coalition that ensures Missouri's uninsured rate continues to fall. Cover Missouri aims to reduce the state's uninsured rate to below five percent in the first five years of Affordable Care Act implementation.
On August 22, 2015 area early childhood and youth development professionals renewed required certifications and recieved updated health and safety training at ARCHS' Back to School Health and Safety Institute at Harris-Stowe State University.
Classes included: Adult, Child, Infant CPR; Basic Adult & Pediatric First Aid; Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Programs and Child Abuse Neglect; Safe Sleep; SIDS; and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
ARCHS' next training is set for October 10 and will focus on Science, Techology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).
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Kids Vision for Life-St. Louis is excited about the new school year as it rolls out its new mobile clinic van. Each year KVFL provides thousands of area students with free vision screenings and glasses. If you know of children needing vision screenings prior to the start of school, KVFL is hosting a series of back to school screenings in August 2015. Availability is limited, so please register early.
As the new school year begins, ARCHS' Health & Safety Institute is a great opportunity for early childhood and youth development professionals to renew required certifications and receive updated health and safety trainings. 2 clock hours awarded per session.
ARCHS' Health & Safety Institute
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9 am to 1:15 pm
Harris-Stowe State University
William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Center
Sessions and Fees:
-Adult, Child, & Infant CPR - $25 (2 year certification)
-Basic Adult & Pediatric First Aid - $20 (2 year certification)
-Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Programs - $12.50
-Child Abuse & Neglect, Safe Sleep, SIDS, & Shaken Baby Syndrome - $12.50
About 1.7 million more children live in low-income working families today than during the Great Recession, according to the 2015 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation released on July 21.
In 2013, one in four children, 18.7 million, lived in a low-income working family in the United States. Nearly a third of children are living in families where no parent has full-time employment. And even when parents are working full time, wages and benefits are often not sufficient to adequately support a family.
The 2015 Data Book, which focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years, measures child well-being in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The Casey Foundation report finds that the rising tide of recovery, with both increased employment and more concentrated wealth, has left stagnant pockets of low-income, struggling communities and families, where a child's future is anchored in scarcity and hardship.