Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative

The Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative (CHPLC) is open to all NAPNAP members and meets at 8 p.m. ET via conference call on the first Wednesday of every month from September through May to discuss policy trends and advocacy solutions on national, state and local levels. We invite guest speakers to address timely policy issues affecting our members. In addition, there is an online community to share information on these topics. To be invited to the monthly call, please email

Guest Speakers

  • Nov. 7: As of May 2018, four states (Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Hampshire) have approved waivers to implement a new work requirement in their Medicaid programs, seven states have waiver requests pending with CMS, and other states are considering or developing work requirement programs. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 78 percent of Medicaid workers are paid hourly, and 36 percent of these hourly workers earn a wage at or below $10/hour. Most people consider this an adult issue; however, we’ll be joined by a policy expert from Georgetown Center for Children and Families to discuss the impact of Medicaid work requirements on children’s health care.

  • Dec. 5: John Williams, MD, of the University of Colorado will join us to address vaccinations and the impact of religious exemption policies.

  • Jan. 2: According to Children's Rights, the uptick in the number of children requiring foster care services is putting a significant strain on child services staffing and other resources, especially in states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. In West Virginia approximately 80 percent of children in foster care come from homes with substance abuse, while in Ohio a parent’s drug abuse was a factor in at least half of the state’s foster care placements. Linda Zekas, MSN, APN, NNP-BC,CPNP-PC, CWON, will discuss kinship/foster care and mental health access policies related to this crisis.

  • Feb. 6: Cheryl Casnoff, MPH, of the non-partisan and objective research organization (NORC) at the University of Chicago, will join us to talk about the Spurring Innovation Report: The Role of Child Health Policy aimed at advancing child health policy on four pressing issues including Medicaid and CHIP delivery and payment reforms, consumer digital health, precision medicine, and opioid addiction and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

  • March 6: TBA

  • April 3: TBA

  • May 3: TBA

All calls are at 8 p.m. ET on the first Wednesday of each month.


Notes from each call are posted to the CHPLC online community. If you haven’t signed up to be a member of the community, simply:

  1. Click here to access the Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative online community. You will be prompted to log in. 
  2. Click on the green block in the middle of the webpage that says – Join Community