In August 2015, Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) announced that ARCHS is part of a new push to help increase awareness among those who remain uninsured. This outreach comes at a critical time, with the next annual enrollment period in the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace set to start on November 1 and continue through January 31.
ARCHS was selected by MFH as one of 15 organization partners in the St. Louis region for a new program – Grassroots Outreach to Maximize Enrollment (GOME). The aim of GOME is to increase enrollment by raising awareness and understanding of the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace.
"We're looking forward to our GOME partners joining the cause," said Nancy Kelley, MFH Program Director for Expanding Coverage. "These groups are trusted allies in their communities and they have the ability to break down barriers that have kept some uninsured people from getting covered in the past."
As of February of this year, 253,430 Missourians signed up for coverage through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, with the state ranking 9th for the total number of enrollees. That number broke the inaugural year's record by more than 100,000 people. This success is due, in large part, to the ongoing efforts of MFH's Cover Missouri Coalition and its work to educate and enroll consumers in Marketplace plans.
As part of GOME, the 15 St. Louis organizations will join with 23 other GOME grantees across the state to become members of this growing Coalition that ensures Missouri's uninsured rate continues to fall. Cover Missouri aims to reduce the state's uninsured rate to below five percent in the first five years of Affordable Care Act implementation.
On August 22, 2015 area early childhood and youth development professionals renewed required certifications and recieved updated health and safety training at ARCHS' Back to School Health and Safety Institute at Harris-Stowe State University.
Classes included: Adult, Child, Infant CPR; Basic Adult & Pediatric First Aid; Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Programs and Child Abuse Neglect; Safe Sleep; SIDS; and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
ARCHS' next training is set for October 10 and will focus on Science, Techology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).
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ARCHS' partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and State of Missouri is set to provide about 6,000 St. Louis children in the Saint Louis Public School District (SLPS) with access to healthy meals this summer.
The partnership’s activities address the food needs of children when school is out of session for the summer and children do not have access to school meals. The program is not open to the general public.
This is the third time ARCHS has been asked to manage this program. A total of nearly 10,000 SLPS children have benefitted from ARCHS’ previous two program cycles, which operated during the summers of 2012 and 2013. Because this is a federal demonstration project, the program is not able to serve all children in need nor operate every summer.
ARCHS welcomes Miles Gaudet to its staff as Communications Specialist. He will help ARCHS tell the stories of how it annually improves the lives of more than 90,000 St. Louis' most vulnerable children and their family members. He brings to ARCHS a background in public relations, marketing, advocacy, photography, and videography.
ARCHS' Business of Family Childcare Institute
Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7, 2015
St. Louis Community College-Forest Park
Featuring: Noted business expert Tom Copeland; up to 12 clock hours; and classes on record keeping, insurance, taxes, marketing, retirement planning, legal issues, and much more. Includes free and discounted educational materials. Ideal for registered, licensed, and accredited early childhood programs. One or two day tracks offered - $50 for both days OR ($20 Friday only; $30 Saturday only)