Allies for Children

Pittsburgh, PA   |  http://alliesforchildren.org

Mission

Allies for Children builds alliances and serves as a bold voice for policy and practice changes that improve the wellbeing of all children and youth in Allegheny County, especially those with the greatest need.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Patrick Dowd

Main address

10 Children's Way Suite 200

Pittsburgh, PA 15212 USA

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Formerly known as

Child Watch of Pittsburgh

EIN

35-2191961

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Healthcare Expansion for Children/Network Adequacy

Allies for Children advocates for all children and youth in Allegheny County to have access to quality, affordable health insurance, such as Medicaid and CHIP. Therefore, Allies for Children currently focuses its efforts on two policy areas related to health insurance—health care expansion and network adequacy.

To increase children's access to high quality health insurance, Allies for Children is developing a Southwestern Pennsylvania advocacy campaign to support the extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MARCA) of 2015 extended CHIP funding through September 30, 2017. Therefore, legislative action is needed to extend federal funding in the future. Allies for Children is also advocating for continued coverage of children and youth in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Children must have access to not only adequate health insurance but also plans that offer timely access to a sufficient number of in-network providers. Currently, new managed care regulations require states to set new criteria for quality of pediatric care, including network adequacy.

Population(s) Served

Allies for Children, along with the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, advocates that Pennsylvania ensures all students have access to a quality education, no matter where they live.

Nearly two years after launching the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, Pennsylvania’s Legislature passed historic bipartisan legislation to enact a Basic Education Funding formula. In a year of partisan disputes, Republican and Democratic leaders worked together and prioritized students above party differences. The formula, recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC), directs money to school districts based on objective factors, such as the district’s wealth, the district’s current tax effort and the district’s ability to raise revenue. The formula also includes student-­based factors, including the number of children in the district who live in poverty, the number of children enrolled in charter schools and the number of children who are English Language Learners.

This new formula includes many of the same elements the recommended by the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. Currently, the campaign is urging elected officials to increase funding distributed through this new system.

Population(s) Served

Children go to school to learn, but according to many school staff locally and nationally, students learn better after they eat a nutritious breakfast. Evidence shows that going hungry impedes a child’s ability to study, behave and perform. Recent research also shows that food insecurity--not being sure where the next meal is coming from--can negatively impact a child’s health beyond the classroom. Unfortunately, the Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC) reports that Pennsylvania ranks 40th in the nation in students eating school breakfast.

To help combat child hunger, Allies for Children partnered with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and school districts throughout Allegheny County. The successful collaboration resulted in a report entitled "Breakfast Basics: A Comprehensive Look at School Breakfast Participation in Allegheny County." The report, released during School Breakfast Week 2016, highlights how school policy changes can help combat childhood hunger and increase the number of breakfasts schools serve. Currently, Allies for Children and the Food Bank use the report as an advocacy tool to encourage internal examinations of school breakfast services and consideration of alternative breakfast models.

Population(s) Served

After commissioning the Crossing Guards Study, Allies for Children led a coalition to implement the study’s recommendations to enhance safety measures and improve relationships between crossing guards, children and youth.

Since the creation of the working group the City of Pittsburgh has expedited the hiring process and produced marketing materials for recruitment;
enhanced training opportunities through The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Fred Rogers Center; activated Pittsburgh Bureau of Police text alert system that notifies crossing guards about emergencies in surrounding areas; and provided all City of Pittsburgh crossing guards received two-way radios and training to communicate directly with police officers and zone commanders. Additionally, the City of Pittsburgh developed a mapping system to illustrate information, such as safety data, pedestrian accidents, school building locations and pedestrian signage. The City also partnered with Pittsburgh Public Schools to collect and map data around students walking to and from school and out-of-school time programs.

Allies for Children and its partners continue to advocate for the better utilization of crossing guards by the City of Pittsburgh.

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Allies for Children

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Martha Isler

Community Volunteer

Term: 2010 - 2014

Richard Fischer

Retired

Joan Benso

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children

Douglas Cameron

Reed Smith, LLP

Douglas Campbell

Campbell & Levine, LLC

Thomas Canfield

Equity Catalysts LLC

Julie Dever

BNY Mellon

Julie Hughes

Fifth Third Bank

Judith Horgan

Child Watch of Pittsburgh

Barbara Jeremiah

Alcoa (retired)

Anne Lewis

Oxford Development Company

W. Thomas McGough

UPMC

Walter Smith

Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Bonnie VanKirk

Community Volunteer

Thomas Von Lehman

The Meridian Group

Stephanie Rooney

Certified Gestalt Life Coach

William Caroselli

Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, LLC

James Rohrbaugh

Jefferson Hospital in the Allegheny Health Network

Megan Wotherspoon

K&L Gates