What is the Child Health Report Card?

§  This is an annual report card that highlights specific health and well-being indicators for children and families in North Carolina. 

§  Key indicators on healthy births, access to care, safe homes and neighborhoods, and health risk factors, and by race and ethnicity are included in the report.   

§  This year’s focus is on NC children’s access to health insurance.


The full report can be found here:

The report social media kit is attached. Begin community conversations today!

Susan E. Robinson, M.Ed.
Mental Health Program Manager/Planner
NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services (MHDDSAS)
Community Wellness, Prevention & Health Integration (CWPHI)
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
919-715-2262    office
Physical Address:   306 North Wilmington Street, Suite 208 G, Raleigh, NC  27601
Mail Address:                3004 Mail Service Center, Suite 208 G, Raleigh, NC 27699-3004

Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the

North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.


NC Families United, Inc. does not accept unsolicited request to upload links to this website.

Tri-County Community Collaborative, Wilmington, NC

The Health Insurance Marketplace: Resources for Youth-Serving Professionals to Guide Adolescents and their Families

The Affordable Care Act has the promise of expanding access to quality, affordable health coverage for millions of American families and small businesses.  For the first time in the history of the private insurance market, consumers in every state will be able to go to one place, a new Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace), to check out their coverage options, get accurate information in easy-to-understand language, and make apples-to-apples comparisons of plans before they make their decision.

The Marketplace will open on October 1, 2013 and HHS recently launched a new set of educational tools to help Americans learn about their new options and get ready to sign up for coverage.  We picked which tools may be most useful to youth-serving professionals as they learn more themselves and, in turn, help adolescents and families who need insurance understand the Marketplace and prepare to sign up for coverage.

1.  Ready for consumers! Overview of the Marketplace.  The new (also a Spanish version) teaches visitors the basics about health insurance, finding out about lower costs, and keeping current job-based coverage.  If adolescents and their families don’t have Internet access or prefer print materials, this bi-fold is a particularly helpful resource.  It lists eight things to do now to get ready for the Marketplace’s launch.

2.  Where is the Marketplace in my state?  On October 1, individuals and families can go to the Marketplace to sign up for a health insurance plan.  In some states, that will be and in others, the state will operate a Marketplace website. Find the Marketplace in your state.

3.  Help is now available 24/7.  A new consumer call center can answer questions any time of the day and, starting in October, will provide individualized assistance to callers filling out applications or selecting a plan.  The toll-free number is 1-800-318-2596 (TTY/TDD: 1-855-889-4325).  Help is available in more than 150 languages, and adolescents and their families can also use’s live chat feature.  You can stay informed on all Marketplace developments by signing up for updates via email or text messaging.

4.  How to show youth the benefits of health insurance.  The YouTube channel has a special section for people under 26.  These videos explore the life of a young adult who is without health insurance and how the Marketplace will affect them.  Secretary Sebelius’s blog also features posts on youth and health insurance, like this one from Malik Hassam.

5.  Helping adolescents and their families understand health insurance concepts.  It’s helpful to know the lingo.’s glossary provides basic definitions for over 100 insurance terms.  Social media savvy youth and others can also follow #Words2know on Twitter to see definitions that are important to understanding and using the Marketplace.

6.  Preparing to talk to adolescents and their families about health insurance and the Marketplace.  The Center for Medicaid Services provides ready-made training materials and presentations (some available in Spanish).  These are mostly geared towards individuals conducting informational events to teach others about the Marketplace and can help professionals develop talking points for one-on-one conversations with youth and their families.  If you work with immigrant or migrant populations, check out materials in multiple languages.

7.  Need more materials?  Fact sheets, drop-in newsletter articles, a sample radio script, sample versions of the Marketplace application forms for individuals and families and small businesses, and more are available here.  We like these small business cards with information about all of the channels, including social media and the call center, that youth and others can use to get Marketplace information.  This checklist and calendar can also help prepare adolescents and their families for the Marketplace’s launch.

In an effort to give families in North Carolina support and information, we have created the following links. These websites can provide additional information and education opportunities. By clicking on the hyperlinks you will be redirected to the recommended websites.

National Federation of Families
This is the website of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. This site is a National Advocacy Organization for families of children with mental health issues

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center
This is the website for the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center. The ECAC provides support and information to families of children birth to 21.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
This is the website of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. This site offers a world of information thru articles, brochures, books and other resources.

National Institute of Mental Health
This is the website of the National Institute of Mental Health. This website list government clinical trials, publications and articles.

NC Division of Public Instruction
This is the website for the State of North Carolina Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse.  For more information on laws that protect children in public education and Positive Behavioral Supports, visit the Department of Public Instruction’s web site.  Information on Positive Behavioral Supports within the Department of Public Instruction’s web site.

NC National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
This is the website of the North Carolina National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. This site offers advocacy, information, and education opportunities.

Department of Social Services
Information about the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services SOC Child Welfare Grant and Multiple Response System.

Administration Office of the Courts

Matt’s Decision

After the Injury

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Health Care Toolbox

Management Assistance


Behind the Seen: Encounters with the Contemporary Family

NC Dept. of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Information about the Department of Juvenile Justice Delinquency & Crime Prevention’s Community-based care… moving from punishment to treatment.

Division of Public Health
Click onto Women’s and Children’s Health to learn more about School Health Programs and other services.


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