“The Raising of America” is airing across the U.S. in an effort to spark a national discussion by exploring the history of policies that impact children’s earliest years.
Every year, a measureable portion of Children’s annual expenses fund community benefit programs and services that promote health and increase access to care. These services include financial assistance, the unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health programs and advocacy, medical professional education, and more. These costs are reported to the IRS on the Children's Minnesota 990.
Under the Affordable Care Act, tax-exempt hospitals like Children's are required to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. This assessment identifies health needs in the community through review of secondary data and collection of primary data from community members and leaders.
As the advocacy team at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, it’s our job to bring health home through active community engagement and strong public policy advocacy. Our work is founded in Out-Teaman understanding that health is largely driven by factors outside of clinical care, a respect for community knowledge and a belief that every child deserves to be healthy and well. As a result, we work hard to influence federal, state and local public policy decisions and building relationships with organizations and people who share an interest in supporting children and families.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota can spearhead initiatives that advocate for children’s health and healthcare, but to get advocacy to really work, we need support from the whole community. That’s where you come in. You can be a voice for children.
Despite the mental health services offered by expert organizations and health care systems in Minnesota, we know there is a gap in services for children and families challenged by mental health issues.
In Minnesota, one-in-four children is overweight or obese. And like too many health conditions, poor children and children of color (regardless of family income) are even more likely to face problems with weight and associated health concerns. Learn more about childhood obesity and how it is affecting kids in our state.
From birth to age three, we have a remarkable opportunity to influence the entire trajectory of a child’s life. We know that 80 percent of brain development occurs by age three. In Minnesota, that means 275,000 children are in this critical stage of development.
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s work on health equity goes beyond the advocacy department. However, we are proud to be engaged in efforts geared toward ensuring every child is supported in his or her health and wellbeing. We are doing this in general ways through active relationship-building with communities of color as well as through more specific efforts. For example, in 2014, Children’s initiated an American Indian Community Collaboration, which is driven by our American Indian liaison and guided through a co-leadership structure with members of the American Indian community. This work is focused on enhancing patient/family experience within our system, identifying and addressing specific disparities and fostering external relationships that can support health and wellbeing for American Indian children in their community and through their own cultural assets.