Families USA's Health Action Conferences Focus on Coverage for Uninsured Kids

Health Action 2008 conference bringing together the health consumer advocacy community

In 2006 and 2007, Families USA led the Campaign for Children's Health Care, a multipronged public education campaign to win support for expanding health coverage for uninsured children in the United States. The organization planned the campaign at its Health Action 2006 annual convention in Washington for local and national consumer health advocates, and convened subsequent Health Action meetings in January 2007 and 2008.

Key Results

  • Families USA launched the National Campaign for Children's Health Care in July 2006. Elements of the campaign included:

    • A national town hall meeting via satellite to 35 sites across the country to publicize the difficulties faced by uninsured children.
    • A national essay contest for children ages 9 to 18 detailing the problems facing children without insurance.
    • Publications to help advocates implement the campaign, including:
      • No Shelter from the Storm: America's Uninsured Children, which describes the magnitude of the problem of uninsured children in this country.
      • The Great Divide: When Kids Get Sick, Insurance Matters, which provides data about the disparate consequences between insured and uninsured children who are hospitalized for common health problems.
  • About 700 health leaders from 40 states and Washington attended the three-day Health Action 2006 conference in Washington, January 25–28, 2006.

  • About 800 health leaders from 44 states and Washington attended the three-day Health Action 2007 conference in Washington, January 24–27, 2007.

  • About 800 health leaders from 44 states and Washington attended Health Action 2008 in Washington, January 23–26, 2008.