ADVOCATING FOR

HEALTHIER CHILDREN

PHOENIX CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY WORK FALLS INTO TWO CATEGORIES: IMPROVING ACCESS TO CARE AND RESPONDING TO COMMUNITY NEEDS. 

Advocacy is as integral to Phoenix Children’s operations as clinical care, research and academics. To improve the lives of children requires working with local, state and federal bodies to ensure children and families have the tools and resources they need for long, healthy lives.

WHERE THE JOURNEY TAKES US

Community needs assessments are used to identify areas where Phoenix Children’s can make a difference. Here are some examples:

• KIDSCARE

The state’s health insurance program for children in low-income families has been frozen since 2010, and Phoenix Children’s has successfully advocated for its reinstatement to plug a coverage gap for working families.

• ADVANCING CARE FOR EXCEPTIONAL KIDS

Phoenix Children’s joined dozens of other children’s hospitals around the country in cosponsoring the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015, which would reform Medicaid benefits and payment mechanisms for medically complex children. The bill is currently under consideration by Congress. 

“Advocacy is an integral part of what we do every day, not an afterthought. We take it very seriously, and we’re in it for the long haul.” 

ROBERT L. MEYER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, PHOENIX CHILDREN’S