PALO ALTO – Expanding the use of telehealth services and increasing public attention to children’s health issues are the goals of two grants recently awarded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.
Both of the grants build on prior awards to these organizations:
Advancing Telehealth: The use of technology to provide and coordinate health care at a distance can vastly improve outcomes for California’s children, especially those with complex needs who live far from the specialty care they require. A 2014 grant to The Children’s Partnership produced a report, Realizing the Promise of Telehealth for Children with Special Health Care Needs. This one-year follow-up grant is designed to increase the number of telehealth services eligible for reimbursement by Medi-Cal; expand the number of locations and modalities eligible for telehealth payment; and promote telehealth use by health care providers and health plans.
Media Coverage of Children’s Health: Improving health care systems and the health of California’s children requires a high level of continuing awareness and engagement on the part of the public and its representatives in government. Getting mainstream media to cover key child health issues is difficult. For the past four years the Foundation has supported the work of the California Health Report, an independent, nonprofit, Sacramento-based news site that covers health and health policy. These new grant funds will be used to expand child health coverage and increase the Report’s visibility and audience size over the next two years.
About the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health: The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health is a public charity, founded in 1997. Its mission is to elevate the priority of children's health, and to increase the quality and accessibility of children's health care through leadership and direct investment. The Foundation works in alignment with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the child health programs of Stanford University. Through its Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs, the foundation supports development of a high-quality health care system that results in better health outcomes for children and enhanced quality of life for families.