Mayor, Superintendent To Speak At ‘100% Campaign’ Kick-Off
The Children’s Defense Fund will join the Houston Independent School District and health and business leaders for a report to the community to announce first year successes of the 100% Campaign. HISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra, Houston Mayor Bill White, Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Health Care Advisory Committee, George DeMontrond, and others will address the conference. Congressman Al Green, State Representative Alma Allen, and State Representative Dora Olivo will be in attendance.
The second year of the 100% Campaign will kick off at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 19, at Roosevelt Elementary, 6700 Fulton.
The 100% Campaign represents a partnership between CDF and HISD to link every uninsured student with affordable health coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Children’s Medicaid and is funded by the support of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, and Texas Children’s Hospital / Texas Children’s Health Plan / Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates.
The 100% Campaign reports gains in CHIP enrollment – CHIP enrollment was projected to increase by 127,000 Texas children by January, 2009. As of August, 2008 more than 176,000 Texas children have been added to CHIP since August 2007. Due in part to the success of the 100% Campaign, Harris County CHIP enrollment has increased by more than 33,000 children since last year.
The 100% Campaign has been recognized as a national best practice by America’s Promise Alliance and the American Association of School Administrators. The American Association of School Administrators also has distributed information about the 100% Campaign to superintendents across the nation. The Children’s Defense Fund has been contacted by school districts from all over the country wanting to replicate this initiative including districts in New York, Washington State, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Dallas, El Paso, Bryan, College Station and the Rio Grande Valley.