Starting in March 1997, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) enlisted support of the nation's religious community in a national campaign — called the Coalition for Child Health Now (CCHN) — to ensure health care for all children. The goals of the grant were to:
- Build support among various religious denominations for a national goal of extending health care to every child.
- Prepare religious congregations for action through prayer and education.
- Guide religious and lay leaders in sponsoring programs and advocacy initiatives related to children's health.
- Mobilize a network of leaders from grassroots and organized religions to advocate in their communities to ensure health care for every child.
- CDF conducted ongoing follow-up with religious representatives of the CCHN.
- Guided by focus group findings, CDF developed materials to encourage and guide advocacy efforts for children's health issues.
- CDF trained religious leaders in how to sponsor and organize programs and advocacy initiatives related to children's health.
- It conducted visits for religious leaders to children's health sites, such as neo-natal intensive care units and community health clinics.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project with a grant of $481,199 from March 1997 to February 1998.