September 2002

Children’s Health Matters Reports on Market-based Organizations’ Advocacy


The 2001 annual report of Children’s Health Matters, an advocacy and enrollment project that helps eligible children obtain health insurance, includes contributions from numerous Catholic Health Initiatives’ market-based organizations. "Our market-based organizations make a tremendous difference in the lives of uninsured families when they provide information or help enroll children in Medicaid or state-funded health insurance programs," said Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD, senior vice president of advocacy for Catholic Health Initiatives. Children’s Health Matters, which is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and six other Catholic health systems and organizations, reported that the combined activities of its members resulted in:
  • 126,000 families assisted in completing applications for Medicaid and state children’s health insurance programs, resulting in the enrollment of 88,000 children.
  • 2,600 individuals trained to assist families in completing applications.
  • 1,700 meetings, letters and phone calls placed to state officials to advocate for the elimination of barriers to enrollment.
  • 2,000 community education campaigns.
"These are encouraging results, but there are still more than nine million uninsured children in the United States," said Scanlon. "Giving children access to health care is an essential part of our work to build healthy communities." For more information visit Children’s Health Matters.

The Catholic Health Initiatives market-based organizations and facilities recognized in the 2001 annual report of Children’s Health Matters include:

Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb. Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, Kan. Centura Health, Denver, Colo.
  • Penrose Community Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • St. Thomas More Hospital, Cañon City, Colo.
  • Good Samaritan Health Systems, Kearney, Neb. Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, Wash. Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Ore. Marymount Medical Center,London, Ky. Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, Tenn. Mercy Health Network, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, N.D. Mercy Hospital, Valley City, N.D. Mercy Medical Center, Durango, Colo. Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, Idaho Mercy Medical Center, Williston, N.D. Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, N.D. Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, Ky. Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, Neb. Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Neb. St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, Ore. St. Elizabeth Health Services, Baker City, Ore. St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge, Minn. St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. St. Joseph Health Ministries, Lancaster, Pa. St. Joseph Healthcare System, Albuquerque, N.M. St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Ky. St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. St. Joseph Regional Health Network, Reading, Pa. St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minn. St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, Pierre, S.D. St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock, Ark.
  • St. Anthony’s Health Care Center, Morrilton, Ark.
  • Villa Nazareth, Fargo, N.D.
  • Friendship Inc., Fargo, N.D.