“The link between health care and learning is tangible. By supporting our children’s health care needs, particularly through sustained preventive care, we help them with regular classroom attendance that is critical for their educational development.”

Marial Ellis, Chief of Staff

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 in 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, including those in foster care, receive the care and services they need to succeed.

To learn more about DCH, visit their website.