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Back to School Messaging Materials
Jul 13, 2018
These materials are available to all local coalitions, partners, and stakeholders to educate Hoosiers about the importance and availability of healthcare coverage for students and their families. 
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CKF Releases 2017 Annual Report
Feb 20, 2018

2017 was a year of expanding the possibilities!  Covering Kids & Families of Indiana added 25 counties (a 45% increase) and five new coalitions (a 36% increase)!  Read all about the great work of CKF, its local coalitions and partners in our 2017 Annual Report.

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Annual Meeting and Award Program
Dec 05, 2017
Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Annual Meeting and Award Program
“Expanding the Possibilities”
On December 5th, Covering Kids & Families of Indiana (CKF-IN) held their Annual Meeting and Award Luncheon.  Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, 15th U.S. Surgeon General and first African American woman to hold the post, presented “Making a Difference for all Children and Families.” Dr. Elders inspired young and seasoned attendees alike with her message to address systemic barriers to health equity.  Click here for the slides from her presentation.  Also as part of the program, CKF-IN recognized the efforts of local coalitions and celebrated a year of successes including expanding from 55 to 80 counties - a 45% increase.
In addition, two awards were presented.  The Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Community Leadership Award recognizes an exemplary partner who serves as a model for effective practices, leadership, dependability, innovativeness, teamwork, and commitment to improving health care access and outcomes.   This year two Community Leadership Awards were presented to the Volunteer Center (Fort Wayne) and to Kevin Evans, Center Township Trustee (Clinton County).  
Since 2014, the Volunteer Center has been a licensed Application Organization dually training volunteers as tax preparers and as Indiana Navigators working closely with CKF of Brightpoint to support efforts to enroll consumers in healthcare coverage.
As Center Township Trustee, Kevin Evans has exemplified leadership, teamwork, innovativeness and dependability in accomplishing tasks through collaboration with community partners.  He has been a key player in many efforts including the launch of CKF of Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition.
Covering Kids & Families also presented the Governor Frank O’Bannon Memorial Kids First Award which recognizes an individual who has exhibited leadership in improving statewide policies and processes, commitment to CKF-IN’s mission, and who serves as a champion for the health of Hoosiers. The 2017 award will be presented to Dr. Jennifer Walthall, Secretary of the Family & Social Service Administration.  Both in her former role as Deputy Health Commissioner and Director for Health Outcomes and her current role as Secretary of FSSA, Dr. Walthall has been a tireless advocate for healthcare coverage for Hoosiers. Within FSSA, she is steadfast in her commitment to improve policies and procedures while adding value to coverage.  
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Fall 2017 Messaging Materials Released
Oct 19, 2017
October 19, 2017 - Covering Kids & Families of Indiana is releasing a document of messaging materials available to all local coalitions, partners and stakeholders to educate Hoosiers about the choices and deadlines important in securing healthcare coverage.  It includes a press release, key messages, social media posts, newsletter insert and contact information for local coalitions. Click here for the document. 
Please note, these materials represent the current policies and will be revised as needed.  Please visit our resource page or email Doris to ensure you have the latest version.  If you have any questions, concerns or wish to make any changes to the materials, please contact Susan Jo
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New Report from Census Bureau
Sep 12, 2017
The United States Census Bureau has released a new report “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016”.  It reports that the national uninsured rate decreased from 9.1% to 8.8% between 2015 and 2016.  States like Indiana that expanded Medicaid had the largest gains. In Indiana, 8.1% remain uninsured. Click here to read the full report. 
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HIPAA or FERPA? A Primer on Sharing School Health Information in Indiana is released
Jun 28, 2017
The Indiana School Health Network announced the release of HIPAA or FERPA? A Primer on Sharing School Health Information in Indiana during the opening of the annual School Health Conference before an audience of more than 350 professionals concerned with the health of Hoosier students.  The Primer was prepared by the National Center for Youth Law and is available free of charge at
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The 2017 Governor & Cheri Daniels School Health Award Winner is Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation
Jun 27, 2017
The Indiana School Health Network presented the Governor & Cheri Daniels School Health Award to the Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation during the annual School Health Conference before an audience of more than 350 professionals concerned with the health of Hoosier students.  
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2017 School Health Conference - registration is still open!
Jun 13, 2017
The Indiana School Health Network and its lead agency, Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, partner to host the 9th Indiana School Health Conference. This year we will explore educational neuroscience strategies, tele-health clinics, Indiana's opioid epidemic, health policy changes affecting school health and other initiatives impacting Indiana school health. This is an opportunity to not only learn about, but to embrace and shape change as we venture toward New Horizons in School Health. Learn more about this year's conference by clicking here

2017 Conference registrations are already surpassing last year's record attendance. Don't miss out! Register today by clicking here!
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2016 Annual Report Released
Mar 08, 2017
BUILDING ON SUCCESS IS A FITTING THEME FOR ALL THE WORK accomplished during 2016 by Covering Kids & Families of Indiana’s (CKF-IN) board, staff and local coalitions. In 2016, CKF coalitions and partners completed over 33,000 applications for healthcare coverage. CKF-IN also made great progress toward the goal of being a state-wide entity, welcoming four new coalitions covering twelve counties. This is a 28% increase in counties covered in 2016 and a 72% increase in the last two years! It is also important to note that the new coalitions are all in southern Indiana, extending our reach into some of the most underserved rural counties.  Click here for the report.
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New Director of Public Policy
Jan 26, 2017
Covering Kids & Families of Indiana welcomes Mark Fairchild, MSW, LSW as Director of Public Policy
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Indiana Gains in Children's Healthcare Coverage
Oct 27, 2016

According to a new report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, more children in our state have healthcare coverage.  The number of uninsured children in Indiana declined from 8.2% to 6.5%.   

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CKF-IN Releases Guidebook to School-Linked Outreach
May 13, 2016