“We are pleased that the Campaign has taken a comprehensive focus on the whole child, defining third-grade reading proficiency not just as an education issue, but as an urgent priority for all who care about children’s health and well-being. We are honored to play a role in reaching our shared expectation that all children in Georgia will be on a path to reading proficiency by the end of third grade.”

Heather Bond, Assistant Chief, Regulatory Services and Compliance

With a mission to provide Georgians with access to affordable, quality health care through effective planning, purchasing, and oversight, the Department of Community Health (DCH) plays a critical role is supporting the Campaign’s access pillar.

DCH’s Medical Assistance Plans Division administers the Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids® programs, providing health care for children, pregnant women, and people who are blind and/or disabled as well as those who are aging. By helping to meet children’s health needs through increased access to quality care and services, DCH is helping children stay in school and focus on learning.

DCH promotes telemedicine as a tool to increase access to health care in Georgia’s more rural communities and works with contracted care management organizations (CMOs) to ensure that children in foster care receive the care and services they need to succeed.

To learn more about DCH, visit their website.