The Health Access Training Project works to raise the level of awareness, knowledge, and skills with regards to the local health care system, community resources, and health coverage options. Training supports Family Resource Center staff, and local professionals who work with children ages 0-5 and their families. The project also advocates to reduce barriers to health care for children.
San Luis Obispo County is home to a high number of low and middle income children without medical insurance or access to medical homes (regular basic medical care). Many children do not qualify for Medi-Cal and are uninsured. Some families struggle with understanding the health care options they have available to them. Others need assistance in navigating the complex insurance and provider systems and impending changes with the transition of Healthy Families to Medi-Cal and the federal Affordable Care Act, both of which will impact many families with limited health care access.
The Children and Families Commission of San Luis Obispo County allocates funds and advocates for quality programs and services, supporting children prenatal to age 5, to ensure that every child is healthy and ready to learn in school. Over the past few years, Commissioners and First 5 SLO County staff have been creating and enacting a strategic plan to address the health care needs of children ages 0-5 and their families. Training and information are also be provided to family advocates and others in the community who work with families with children ages 0-5 who are impacted by low or no insurance coverage.
Staffing is provided by Carsel Consulting Group: Joel Diringer, JD, MPH, Co-Director; Becca Carsel, MS, Co-Director; and Robyn Friedman O'Leary, Project Coordinator.
To raise the level of awareness, knowledge and skills with regards to the county health care system in family advocates and others who interface with families with children prenatal to age five impacted by low or no insurance coverage such as childcare providers, preschool staff, and health care providers by providing training, technical assistance, information and support.
To offer focused support and training to the Health Navigator program.
To advocate for families and help reduce their barriers to health care and service availability