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Advocacy and Advancing Access: Healthcare for all Children

Friday, March 18, 2016 -
9:00am to 11:30am PDT
World Affairs Council
312 Sutter St, Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 94108
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In 2011 The Atlantic Philanthropies created the KidsWell Campaign, which aimed to achieve universal children’s health care coverage. This initiative worked with advocacy coalitions in seven states, including California, to raise awareness of the importance of expanding health insurance coverage to improve health outcomes for children.

In May 2015, after more than 15 years of advocacy work, the final piece in the California children’s health care puzzle fell into place with the expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility to all children, regardless of immigration status.

What’s the connection? The realization that supporting advocacy is a powerful tool in helping a charitable foundation achieve its goals.

Join us for a lively panel discussion with advocacy leaders, both funders and grantees, as we explore what’s been learned through the successful California child health care advocacy efforts, how these lessons might help you reach your goals, what works and tools you can use. We’ll also make time to think about the logistics— how foundations make advocacy work and how they talk about it with their boards.

This program is open to all NCG members and non-member funders.  If you are not a member of NCG, please register by emailing 


  • To explore how advocacy can be used by funders to further their individual and collaborative goals
  • To share California Child Health Care policy successes and tools that contributed to that success
  • To provide interactive opportunities for both in-person and web participants

This program is open to all NCG members and non-member funders. If you are a funder, but not a member of NCG, please register by emailing


Liane Wong
Moderator, Program Officer, Health



Alex M. Johnson
Executive Director



Christopher Perrone
Director of Improving Access
Michael Odeh
Associate Director, Health
Adam Kruggel
Director of Organizing


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Kristen Golden Testa
Richard Figueroa
Director of Health and Human Services


Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families

Grantmakers in Health