Advocates for early care and education have worked for several years to show policymakers and the public the benefits of supporting young children through high-quality child care and pre-k, and evidence-based home visiting.
Through this campaign work, health care supports have grown as an important intersection to ensuring children have the healthiest start possible in life. Thanks to an opportunity from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, Thriving PA focuses solely on perinatal and child health.
Thriving PA is a non-partisan, statewide campaign that seeks to improve the quality of and increase equitable access to a coordinated system of health supports, including access to comprehensive perinatal health services, children’s health insurance, nutrition supports and lead screening and abatement.
The wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s families depends on mothers, infants and toddlers having equitable access to quality health and nutrition supports. Research shows that when mothers are healthy, children are healthy. However, many in this population group are at risk to poor health outcomes due to longstanding racial inequities and lack of access to health insurance, routine care and nutrition supports.
Thriving PA’s goal is to ensure each mother and child in Pennsylvania has the opportunity for affordable, quality health care access!