WCA’s unique history of credibility, independence and accomplishment enables us to effectively organize and lead advocacy coalitions.
WCA is the lead agency of this coalition which involves more than 80 county-wide and local organizations concerned about children and youth. Founded in 1991, CFK was the driving force behind the creation of the Invest in Kids fund in 1994, a fund within the Westchester County Youth Bureau that is used to support dozens of community based youth programs throughout the County. Each year, CFK members join with WCA to identify critical youth needs and to develop and advocate for adequate financial resources and other effective public responses to those needs.
This coalition (formerly called the Child Health Task Force) was created in 1998 as a private/public partnership co-chaired by the Westchester County Department of Health and WCA. The name was changed in 2008 when WCA became the sole chair. The 70+ members include representatives of government departments, schools, early childhood programs, hospitals and health centers, HMOs, children’s service agencies, and advocates. CHAN’s mission is to examine the health status of children, identify barriers to positive health outcomes, and develop collaborative strategies to address those barriers.