Introduction

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings historic opportunities to achieve health coverage for millions of California children and families. This is a defining moment for anyone whose passion is education and healthy children and families.

PTA is pleased to be part of the ALL IN for Health campaign, which is aimed at informing millions of families in the school community who are uninsured about new health care options and enrollment through the ACA. Eligible participants include children, parents, school and child-care employees, and after-school staff.

PTA leaders are uniquely positioned to help.
  • Many children who qualify for health coverage through public programs are not currently enrolled. The Affordable Care Act will bring uninsured children and adults affordable options for health coverage and new avenues for enrollment.
  • Millions of parents, school employees, and children will qualify for financial assistance in purchasing health insurance through California's health insurance marketplace, Covered California.

The ACA open enrollment window is now through March 31, 2014.

Take a look at this "Special Affordable Care Act Edition" of Health Tidbits to learn how you and your PTA can help educate and enroll the families at your school.

California State PTA Health Commission

The Health Commission works to promote effective health education programs in schools and communities that offer children, youth, and families skills to make healthy choices.

Through legislative action, the Health Commission advocates for statewide health programs for children, youth, and families.

Commission members serve on various statewide committees that address mental health, physical health, and environmental health issues.

The Health Commission supports efforts that bring together concerned people, agencies and organizations to address the needs of children, youth, and families and assist them in establishing healthy behaviors.

Healthy Lifestyles Grants are now available from the California State PTA to develop, promote and implement healthy lifestyles programs, projects and activities that will improve the overall health of children and adults. Download the application.

Visit the Grants and Recognition tab for additional opportunities.

Health Resources for Parents and Schools

Calendar of Health Observances [doc]

A comprehensive list of health-related events and observances from a variety of organizations.

PTA Health Fairs

This helpful tool will help your PTA organize a successful health fair for your families and greater school community. Use the extensive partner list to identify allied agencies in your community who would present and provide resources. Several nearby PTAs could host the event.

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Invest in Activities that Pay Off

Use this resource to plan healthy PTA fundraisers.

California Healthy Kids Resource Center

This site provides comprehensive collection of materials for teachers, administrators, and other professionals who work with preschool through twelfth grade students in school settings and after-school programs.
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Administered for the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health.

The Children’s Environmental Health Network

The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC provides extensive on-line resources. This includes a web page to encourage children to develop safe and healthy habits to prevent disease and injury and to promote health now and in the future. You can find fact sheets and activity sheets on a variety of health topics by grade level.
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Families as Partners:
Fostering Family Engagement for Healthy and Successful Students

Family involvement in children's lives has been shown to reduce children's health-risk behaviors, improve their attitudes toward school and learning, and improve academic achievement and student success. But did you know that meaningful connections between home and school can also help develop and support healthy behaviors in children, such as increased physical activity? Moreover, family engagement is important to a positive school climate, as well as to the development of promising school health policies and practices that benefit all students and prepare them for a healthy and successful future.
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Kids.gov

This federal website includes health, fitness and safety topics for children K-8 and resources for teachers and parents. Many pages contain interactive media for kids to explore and learn.
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Kids Health Data

Kidsdata.org provides comprehensive data about the health and well being of children across California. The site offers data for every city, county, and school district in the state, making it easy to monitor trends and pinpoint disparities. Downloadable fact sheets including charts and graphs can be reprinted and used as handouts and for advocacy. Sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.
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Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents (CMD)

The CMD is a secure database to assist local educational agency (LEA) staff in locating documents translated into non-English languages. This resource includes health and school safety documents. Parents should contact their site administrator for access or use this link: http://inet2.cde.ca.gov/cmd/search.aspx

PTA Health Resolutions

You can find PTA resolutions on health issues under Advocacy at Resolutions

  • Community And Personal Health Issues
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Nutrition
  • School Health Issues
  • Substance Abuse Including Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco

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