Children's Health Initiative Expanded Training

Brief Description
In January 2005, National Health Foundation, together with its partners Maternal and Child Health Access and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, was awarded $500,000 from the W. M. Keck Foundation for training of assistors to help promote and facilitate healthcare coverage for over 300,000 uninsured children and youth (ages birth through 18 years of age) in Los Angeles County. With outreach, enrollment and retention identified as critical factors in solving the problem of uninsured children in L.A. County, the availability of trained assistors – those who come in contact with low-income families – is critical. This project built on a solid foundation of existing training modules for assistors designed to get children and families enrolled into appropriate healthcare coverage programs. New training modules were developed and training sessions offered throughout Los Angeles covering topics such as utilization of services and retention of benefits, follow up and troubleshooting a variety of problems including denied applications, training on how to access and use CHAMP-Net ( as well as continuous electronic updating of trainees.