Partnerships to Connect Schools, Health, and Public Health Insurance

Project Overview (PDF)

3rd Funding Cycle Impact Award

Project Start Date: July 1, 2007
Project End Date: June 30, 2010 - No Cost Extension Through: July 31, 2010
Original Award Amount: $450,000
Adjusted Award Amount: $390,348*

Project Goal Statement: This project's objective is to increase the number of eligible children who enroll in Wisconsin's Medicaid, BadgerCare, and Healthy Start ("Family Medicaid") public health insurance programs through closer coordination between these programs and the state's free and reduced price school lunch programs.

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  Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin (CKF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology
Additional community partner organization names:

  • Community Advocates
  • State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
  • State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • University of Wisconsin Extension, Family Living Programs
  Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: John Meurer, MD, MBA, Department of Pediatrics
Additional Academic Partner: Tim Corden, MD, Injury Research Center

  Project Progress Summary Reports:
  Affiliated Web Pages:
  Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Articles
    • Featured in the Coulee News in West Salem. November 21, 2007.
    • Article in the Wisconsin State Journal. August 19, 2008.
    • Featured in National Covering Kids and Families Network newsletter, November 2008
    • BadgerCare Plus still enrolling. Wisconsin State Journal. October 31, 2009.
    • Waiting list applies to childless adults. The Dunn County News. November 3, 2009.
    • Sheds light on BadgerCare. Hudson Star Observer. November 6, 2009.
    • A bold new plan for the uninsured. The Capital Times. November 14, 2009.
    • Manuscript in the Journal of Extension – Riportella R, Espeseth A, Berman D. Tools for Schools and Communities: An Online Toolbox for Enhancing SCHIP Outreach and Awareness. Journal of Extension.2010.
  • CHILD Project Panel Presentations
    • School-Based Outreach and Enrollment in Health Coverage and School Health and School Lunch-A Perfect Match. School Health Initiatives Midwestern Regional Conference. July 23-24, 2008.
  • CHILD Project Poster Presentations
    • UW-Population Health Institute Conference. November 29-30, 2007.
    • National Congress on the Un & Underinsured. December 9-12, 2007.
    • Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP)-Wisconsin Annual Conference. April 2, 2008.
    • Wisconsin Public Health Association Conference. July 23-24, 2008.
    • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. October 25-29, 2008.
    • American Council on Consumer Interests & Agriculture and Applied Economics Association 2009 Joint Annual Conference. July 2009.
    • American Public Health Association. November 2009.
    • UW Extension Faculty, Annual Conference. Madison, WI. 2010.
    • American Public Health Association. Denver, CO. 2010.
  • CHILD Project Presentation
    • Public Health in Education Symposium. April 9, 2008.
    • Poverty and Public Policy: A Workshop for Extension Professionals. April 18, 2008.
    • University of Wisconsin Extension, Southern District Meeting. October 23, 2008.
    • Institute for Research on Poverty, UW-Madison. November 13, 2008.
    • Wisconsin School Social Workers Association Meeting. November 14, 2008.
    • Monday Seminar Series, UW-Madison Population Health Sciences. April 13, 2009.
    • Wisconsin Association of School Nurses Conference. April 23, 2009.
    • CATCH-Concerns about the Cost of Healthcare. May 13, 2009.
    • Rural Sociological Society. July 2009.
    • Wisconsin Public Health Association – Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards Annual Conference. July 2009.
    • National Outreach Scholarship Conference. September 2009.
    • Faces of a Healthy Future: National Conference to End Health Disparities II. November 2009.
    • Wisconsin’s School Social Workers’ Conference. November 2009.
    • CESA Statewide Meeting of CESA Alcohol Tobacco Other Drugs Team. May 2010.
    • UW Extension Family Living Faculty –WISLINE. May 2010.
    • Boys and Girls at Risk Conference. June 2010.
    • Poverty Matters (WI Community Action Program Association). 2010.
    • FoodShare Conference. 2010.
  • CHILD Project Workshop
    • Priester National Extension Health Conference. April 8-10, 2008.
  • MAP Presentation
    • Dane County Health Watch. January 2008.
    • Healthy People Kenosha County Access to Health Care. February 2009.
    • Wisconsin Health Watch Conference. February 9, 2009.
    • Milwaukee HealthWatch. April 13, 2009.
  • Media
    • Interview on WIZM NewsTalk 1410 in La Crosse. October 16, 2007.
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Shared project materials at the All Family Living Program Conference. November 2009.
    • Posted toolbox products on CKF website and promoted through all print materials and conference opportunities
    • Developed and distributed quarterly CHILD Updates Newsletters
    • Distributed quarterly CFK Coalition newsletter
    • Exhibited at the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses. 2010.
  • Presentations
    • Presentation to the School of Human Ecology Board of Visitors. September 27, 2007.
  • Webinars/Webcasts
    • Wisconsin School Administrators. 2010.
    • Wisconsin School Social Workers. 2010.
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Webinar. 2010.

*In 2009 award amounts, based on the remaining budget, were adjusted to reflect the decline in endowment asset value due to the downturn in the economy.

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