Ways to Help

Be an Advocate: Speak Up for Kids

Published On 07/11/2011

Speaking on behalf kids is part of our mission. The Le Bonheur Grassroots Network is an advocacy network of concerned citizens willing to contact local, state and federal lawmakers about health programs and policies that affect children.

We're making sure that our kids have a voice at all levels of government when important decisions are made.

The Grassroots Network strives to:

  • Increase awareness and community support for issues affecting children and the hospital's mission
  • Shape public policy in a way that benefits kids in our community
  • Ensure a better, healthier future for all children

Issues Le Bonheur has supported include:

  • Access to high quality health care for all children
  • Childhood obesity
  • Child passenger safety

It’s easy to be an advocate for kids. We want you to be aware of legislative issues affecting your child's well-being and be willing to provide support for those issues you believe in.

When a law or policy needs our advocates' support, we ask you to reach out to your elected officials. We only do this when we feel that your participation is critical. The tool we provide is very easy to use, and it only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard.

Current Issues

Extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The Children's Health Insurance Program has a proven track record of providing high-quality, cost-effective coverage for low-income children and pregnant women in working families. CHIP is a federal-state partnership that, along with Medicaid, has resulted in the highest children's health insurance coverage rate on-record.
Federal funding for CHIP expired on September 30, 2017, and Congress must extend this important health insurance program for more than 6 million kids.

Contact Maureen O'Connor at maureen.oconnor@lebonheur.org for more information.