Tag: Children’s Action Alliance

Children’s Action Alliance — Postpartum health coverage saves lives

| November 30, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Postpartum health coverage saves lives

When someone enrolled in AHCCCS gives birth, their coverage may expire just sixty days after their pregnancy ends.*  Sixty days is not much time to recover from childbirth. And it means many people are forced to forego necessary postpartum health care due to the expense. For people with physical or mental health complications after pregnancy, having reliable health coverage can mean the difference between life and death. In fact, a report requested by the Arizona state legislature found that having health insurance reduces the likelihood of death during or in the year after pregnancy.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — Help for Families May Be On The Way

| November 16, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Help for Families May Be On The Way

… Build Back Better (BBB) plan comprises exciting historical investments in children and families. These investments are critical to the well-being of our nation as we continue to endure the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic going into the year 2022. The Early Childhood funding packages provided in the BBB framework highlight the essential role quality early childhood systems play in restoring a robust workforce and vibrant economy in the United States.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Thousands of Kinship Foster Parents Receive Pandemic Relief

| November 9, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Thousands of Kinship Foster Parents Receive Pandemic Relief

Thank you to Governor Ducey, DES Director Michael Wisehart, and DCS Director Mike Faust for directing over $9 million in COVID relief to ensure that foster children placed with kin have the supports they need to weather the public health crisis. The Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds are being distributed to more than 3,000 relatives who care for over 5,000 foster children. Eligible caregivers will receive a one-time stipend of $1,800 per child.  

CAA also thanks Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors and Kinship Caregivers for its partnership in advocating for the relief funds and is grateful to Representative Joanne Osborne who helped negotiate for this money and to Senator Lela Alston who tirelessly advocates for kinship families in the legislature.

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Children’s Action Alliance — It’s Time to Cross the Finish Line

| November 2, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — It’s Time to Cross the Finish Line

In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided bold, compassionate, and swift support to Arizonans in desperate need of a lifeline. ARPA worked to put vaccines in arms, safely reopen schools and put food on tables. But ARPA was a targeted response to the urgent public health and economic crises; it was not necessarily a long-term solution to the many challenges facing our nation, further exacerbated by the pandemic. 

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Oct. 28 — Children’s Action Alliance — It’s time! Registration for TEOC 2021 open now!

| October 25, 2021
Oct. 28 — Children’s Action Alliance — It’s time! Registration for TEOC 2021 open now!

On Thursday, October 28, join CAA and supporters like you for Healing Through the Eyes of a Child, an annual fundraiser to benefit CAA advocacy campaigns. This year, Will Humble, executive director of Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA), and Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner and chef of Barrio Café will be honored for their commitment to children and families during the coronavirus crisis.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — Get a sneak peek – Healing Through the Eyes of a Child is next week

| October 19, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Get a sneak peek – Healing Through the Eyes of a Child is next week

Healing Through the Eyes of a Child is next Thursday, October 28. Do you have your tickets? You don’t want to miss this one. We can’t wait to reconnect with our partners, coalition members, sponsors, and donors to celebrate the 2021 honorees, Will Humble and Silvana Salcido Esparza.   

Join us to raise awareness and funds to support the work we do – advocating for the well-being of Arizona children and families. The evening reception will be outdoors with entertainment from the Arizona School of the Arts’ Guitar Ensemble and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind art from the students at Solano Elementary School at the University Club of Phoenix. We will follow CDC guidelines and require guests to wear masks when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

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Children’s Action Alliance — AZ lawmakers can reduce maternal mortality

| October 12, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — AZ lawmakers can reduce maternal mortality

Despite being the wealthiest nation in the world, the United States is facing a growing crisis of maternal mortality and morbidity. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) birth parents are dying during or within a year after pregnancy at an alarming – and rising – rate. Research shows this isn’t due to a lack of education or understanding among parents, but that it is tied to systemic discrimination and insufficient access to care. For low-income and BIPOC parents – particularly those who are uninsured, underinsured, undocumented, or otherwise underrepresented in health care – the link between access to affordable care and pregnancy-related death is clear.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — A step in the right direction

| October 5, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — A step in the right direction

Last week, the Invest in Arizona coalition submitted more than 215,000 signatures to block the $1.5 billion in tax cuts that were passed during the last legislative session and which overwhelmingly benefit the richest Arizonans. The coalition, which is comprised of Children’s Action Alliance, the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, Arizona Education Association, Stand for Children, Save our Schools Arizona, and the Friends of the Arizona School Boards Association, submitted almost 100,000 more signatures than necessary, which makes it more likely that the effort will survive any expected legal challenges. Once it is verified that a sufficient number of valid signatures were submitted, the measure will be placed on the November 2022 general election ballot for Arizona voters to decide whether they want the tax breaks for the rich to go into effect.

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Children’s Action Alliance — A win for Arizona’s children and public schools

| September 28, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — A win for Arizona’s children and public schools

(On Sept. 27), Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper found portions of the state budget – including bans on mask mandates in public schools, vaccine requirements in universities and community colleges, and the teaching of controversial topics in the classroom – passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Ducey to be unconstitutional.

Children’s Action Alliance and a coalition of education organizations and health advocates filed the lawsuit against the state arguing that inserting numerous substantive policy issues into budget bills that have no relation to state appropriations or to each other violates the state constitution’s single-subject and title requirements. The trial court judge agreed stating that the budget bills are “classic logrolling  – a medley of special interests cobbled together to force a vote for all or none.”

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Children’s Action Alliance — Study Shows Contact with CPS Too High and Disproportionate by Race and Ethnicity

| August 24, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — Study Shows Contact with CPS Too High and Disproportionate by Race and Ethnicity

A recent report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences found that for many children in the United States, especially Black children, encounters with the child welfare system are commonplace. The study looked at the prevalence of contact with Child Protective Services (CPS) across the 20 most populous counties in the U.S., including Maricopa County. The peer-reviewed study found that contact with Child Protective Services is much more common than previously thought.

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