SLO County Health Access Update
Connecting Children Ages 0-5 to Health Care
January, 2020
Census 2020 - Help Count all Our Children and Families 
Census 2020 is almost here and our young children, Spanish-speaking, and low-income populations are especially vulnerable to undercounting, which reduces local funding for many critical safety-net programs like Medi-Cal, CalFresh, Section 8, WIC, and Head Start. Accurate counting also ensures that our county is fully represented in the state and federal government and makes sure that our most vulnerable populations are visible and counted. Experts estimate that at least 5% of children under age five were not counted in the last census, with higher rates of undercount in California.

Each of you are a vital link to encourage families to participate in the census. It's important to get the word out about how to participate in the census (especially for families who are sharing housing) and to let immigrant families know that there is no citizenship question. The count will start in mid-March online and by phone. Since we know people need to hear or see information several times before they act on it, we need to start early with outreach and information.
Here are three ways to learn more and help our youngest residents get counted:
  1. Join our webinar from 11 to 11:30 on February 7 (information below)
  2. Invite a First 5 trainer to your staff meeting to train your staff: email Becca at to schedule this 30 minute training.
  3. Visit our website,, to download parent handouts in English and Spanish, FAQs, preschool activities, and more. And Becca can bring you posters and buttons for staff!
To join the Census 2020 webinar, simply click this link on Feb. 7 around 10:55 to enter the meeting:
Meeting ID: 526 612 113
For phone audio, dial 669-900-6833

New Email Group on Immigrant Family Support 
Sign Up Now!
We have created an email group for any agency staff in San Luis Obispo County who work with immigrant families.    
This email group allows everyone to email out announcements, questions, resources, and other communications related to supporting immigrant families to all the providers in the group. You can also look through the archives to find previous discussions and documents that have been sent out.
To subscribe, click the link below, enter your name and email address, and click Join List:
You will then receive a welcome email with instructions on how to send emails to the whole list. Note that you can unsubscribe at any time.
We hope you will find this to be a useful way to share information and learn from others who do similar work in SLO County. Our goal is to improve access to health care and social services for immigrant children and parents. For questions, contact Becca at or (805) 674-0776. 
Medi-Cal Now Includes ALL Low-Income Young Adults
All low-income young adults up to age 26, regardless of immigration status, are now eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal.  
This expanded eligibility for undocumented young adults ages 19-25 began on January 1. An estimated 90,000 Californians will gain health coverage as a result of this Medi-Cal expansion.  
Full-scope Medi-Cal coverage includes critically important preventive services like annual check-ups, as well as dental and vision care, mental health care, doctor visits, and medication. 
Please spread the word and encourage young adults who lack health insurance to sign up now. They can register online at:
or at 
For more information: 
Health Access Information at
A First 5 SLO County Funded Program has a wealth of information to help you help families, with local resources related to:
   * Special Needs     
   * Behavioral Health
   * Immigration: safety and service access  
   * Dental
   * Prescriptions
   * Medi-Cal & Covered CA
   * Transportation
   * Parental Substance Use, and 
   * R esources to help parents advocate for services

General needs and system navigation:
Send families in need of help to their local Family Resource Center : 

Can't find an answer? 
Let us know and we will find you  the  informati on  you are looking for.  For general questions about health ac cess and health care refo rm,  contact:
Becca Carsel, Health Access Project Director,  
at (805) 674-0776 or .phone