Prevention Programs in Health Care
Ensuring health care access for immigrant and minority families is a major objective of the Franklin Junior Foundation. We have found that one of the primary reasons that immigrants are using the health care system less than the native-born is lack of health insurance. According to 2002 data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), foreign-born adults are nearly three times as likely as native-born adults to be uninsured (32 percent vs. 13.4 percent, respectively). We provide assistance in navigating the healthcare system to ensure that pregnant women and newborns receive the care they need.
Under this program we also provide critical outreach to disadvantaged communities and refer pregnant women to care centers throughout the city.
Additionally, FJF hosts workshops and conferences to highlight the problem of low birth weight and premature pregnancies and the importance of maternal care.