Project Title: GAPHC 2022 Healthy Kids Project
Requested Award Amount/Total Budget: $1,500,000
Applicant Organization Name: Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc.
Applicant Organization Address: 315 West Ponce De Leon Ave., Ste. 1000, Decatur, GA 30030-2433
Applicant Organization Facility Type: Primary Care Association
Description of the Proposed Project: As the Primary Care Association for the state of Georgia, GAPHC’s principal role is to provide leadership that assists all of Georgia’s FQHCs to achieve a mission of assuring equal access to comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality health care and to improve individual and population health status. GAPHC has received HHS CMS Navigator funding since 2015 and has initiated an enrollment campaign to reach all 159 Georgia counties to educate residents about the Federally-Facilitated Exchange (FFE) and assist consumers with enrollment. Efforts targeted underserved and vulnerable populations. GAPHC has a demonstrated history of working with the FQHCs across the state of Georgia to coordinate education and enrollment efforts. GAPHC currently partners with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to onboard all GAPHC member organizations as Georgia Gateway Community Partners. With its established Navigator and Georgia Gateway partnerships in place, GAPHC is well-positioned to effectively launch a robust Healthy Kids project, reducing the number of children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP, and improving retention of enrolled children. GAPHC will provide outreach and enrollment services to children, parents, and pregnant individuals, with targeted services for Hispanic and Asian communities. Certified Enrollment Specialists and parent mentors will be deployed by GAPHC and its FQHC members to effectively engage parents in enrollment and renewal activities.
Target Service Area: all counties in the State of Georgia.
Goals of the Project: The overall goal of the GAPHC Healthy Kids project is to reduce the number of uninsured children in the State of Georgia by newly enrolling and/or renewing enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP for children, parents, and pregnant women, with a focus on the Hispanic and Asian populations.
How Funds Will Be Used: The project will be overseen by 1.0 FTE Project Director and 2.0 FTE Certified Enrollment Specialists and 1.0 FTE Data Specialist will be hired. State travel for three staff for enrollment and outreach activities will be funded; in addition, one staff member will travel to Baltimore for the CMS-HK conference in Year 1. Supplies funded through the project include office supplies, business cards, printer ink, marketing materials, display tables and banners, and four work station/laptops. GAPHC will partner with the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia to deploy two 0.5 FTE Certified Enrollment Counselors. A parent mentor program will be developed in year 1 and deployed in years 2 and 3. Funds will also be used for advertising, training and certification, cell phones for four staff, and media radio air time.
Estimated number of people to be served as a result of the award of this grant: In Year 1, GAPHC proposes to newly enroll or renew 10,500 individuals in Medicaid or CHIP, including 5,700 children, 2,200 parents, and 2,600 pregnant individuals. In Y2, GAPHC will newly enroll or renew 12,800 individuals in Medicaid or CHIP, including 7,600 children, 2,400 parents, and 2,800 pregnant individuals. In Year 3, GAPHC will newly enroll or renew at least 15,100 individuals, including 9,500 children, 2,600 parents, and 3,000 pregnant individuals annually.