United Way of Ventura County Advocacy

Promoting, enhancing and monitoring

Public Policy is a significant catalyst for change…it directs funding towards important community health and human service needs that compliment the ongoing fundraising and investment efforts of United Way of Ventura County.

United Way of Ventura County volunteers and staff develop a public policy/legislative agenda to provide guidance on a variety of local, state and federal policy issues. We will provide information to legislators and to the public in an effort to increase understanding and awareness of the impact of policy and budget decisions on health and human services in our community.

Priority Issue – Ventura County Children’s Oral Health Collaborative

“Building Healthy Smiles”


Vision: Eliminate Untreated Tooth Decay for Children in Ventura County

Mission: The Ventura County Children’s Oral Health Collaborative strengthens the system of oral health education and care by:


  • Involving parents
  • Working together
  • Raising awareness
  • Facilitating communication
  • Serving as a clearinghouse
  • Encouraging best and promising practices
  • Developing resources Sharing data
  • Advocating for policy changes


Advocacy/Public Policy Toolkit

Presentations by Audience (.ppt)

#CHIPWorksforKids (.jpg)

Talking Points (.pdf)

Current Public Policy News (.pdf)

Social Media (.pdf)

Happy Mouth Happy Body (.jpg)

Prevention (.jpg)


Priority Issue – Health Coverage for all California Children


United Way’s Commitment to Healthier Children and a Strong Economy

All Californians benefit when our children have health insurance and receive preventive care. It is not only good for our kids, but it helps keep costs down for all of us.

The fact is, Californians are already paying for healthcare for uninsured children, but in a less cost-effective way.

That’s why United Way believes we must have policies and funding in place at both the state and federal level to ensure all children have access to healthcare. At the same time, United Way understands that business is the engine of California’s economy and works to help ensure policies to cover all children are fair to business and helpful to our state’s fiscal environment.

Covering Californias Children Campaign

Health insurance coverage is vital to our children, their families and our economy. Healthy kids attend school, learn and become viable workers in the future.  We will focus not only on efforts to expand coverage to all children, but work to prevent the numbers of uninsured children from rising.

Here’s how:

  • Increase reimbursement rates to Denti-Cal
  • Restore funding to the California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program (CCDDPP)
  • Support full implementation of California’s Pediatric Oral Health Action Plan to reach federal goals
  • Strengthen collaboration between the newly restored State Office of Oral Health and Medi-Cal

Children Now: Denti-Cal Infographic 



Priority Issue – 2-1-1: Getting People the Help They Need

United Way is committed to making 2-1-1 available to all California residents through its partnership with 2-1-1 CA. Working together, we will ensure families and individuals in need are connected to the building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health.

Here’s how we’ll do it:

  • Pursue statewide expansion of 2-1-1.
  • Establish a partnership with the state and federal governments.
  • Support federal legislation, federal appropriations requests and other vehicles at both the federal and state level that benefit expansion of 2-1-1 statewide.
  • Advocate for policies that support universal access to 2-1-1 so all Californians can connect anytime and anywhere–no matter what type of telecommunications system they have access to or where they are in the country, 24 hours a day.




Locate your legislator: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html

Conduct research on a bill: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html

For more information about United Way’s Advocacy issues, please contact Jennifer Herrera, Regional Advocacy Coordinator, at herrera3@gte.net.


Social Media Calendar


Date Sample Tweet/Post
4/5/16 Have you volunteered for #CDACares in Ventura Co yet? Only 10 more days! Volunteer now! http://bit.ly/1mBpHpZ #LiveUnited
4/7/16 Reimb rates 4 child dental svcs in Denti-Cal fell 31.6% in CA from 2003 to 2013! See more stats from @AmerDentalAssn http://bit.ly/1UiK4Y7
4/12/16 Try using these fun 2 minute videos from @brush2min2x to keep kids brushing for 2 minutes twice a day! http://bit.ly/1hJPuu8
4/14/16 #CDACares in Ventura happening this weekend! If you know someone who needs dental work, let them know! http://bit.ly/1T7qs8K #ThinkTeeth
4/19/16 Make brushing fun for your kids with the @brush2min2x app…Check it out here http://bit.ly/1iRdNjz #ThinkTeeth
4/21/16 Make oral health fun for your kids! Sign up for @AmerToothfairy Kids Club! http://bit.ly/1O6umYG #ThinkTeeth
4/26/16 Make sure your kids are avoiding these three! #ThinkTeeth (Mouth Monster Image)
4/28/16 Thank you/stats on CDA Cares (# treated, # of volunteers, etc.) Retweet @jennjenn1973
5/3/16 Thank you @CDA_Dentists for bringing #cdacares to Ventura County! (Use with CDA Cares infographic)
5/5/16 A grade of D+ in oral health is unacceptable! CA can do better! #Oralhealth matters http://bit.ly/1XJ6kIM Via @ChildrenNow
5/10/16 Check out how poverty effects oral health from @Teeth_Matter! http://bit.ly/1Q4yw2o
5/12/16 Prevention is key in lowering overall #oralhealth costs. @Teeth_Matter has great info on this! (Use with Prevention image)
5/17/16 Test your oral health knowledge with @AmerAcadPedDent A Day of Oral Health quiz! http://bit.ly/1I1rfU2
5/19/16 Good #oral health habits start before babies have teeth. See what tips @brush2min2x has for kids of all ages. http://bit.ly/14Iycao
5/24/16 #OralHealth is important to your overall health. Check out the correlation! (Use with oral.overall health image)
5/26/16 Make oral health fun for your kids! Sign up for @AmerToothfairy Kids Club! http://bit.ly/1O6umYG #ThinkTeeth
5/31/16 Good info from @AmerAcadPedDent about what to do if your kids have a dental accident! http://bit.ly/1ImzEvB
6/2/16 Thank you @SenateGOP and @AssemblyGOP for making #oralhealth a priority!! http://bit.ly/24XKgy5 via @CDA_Dentists #FixDenti-Cal
6/7/16 Learn how balanced diet helps keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy via @brush2min2x http://bit.ly/1B3GiZQ #ThinkTeeth
6/9/16 Check out @Teeth_Matter blog post on integrating oral health into other settings. #ThinkTeeth http://bit.ly/21TGKTp
6/14/16 Have a teen/young adult that want an oral piercing? Have them check out @CDA_Dentists fact sheet first!! http://bit.ly/1NIQKqZ
6/16/16 Join @Smile4Health campaign for teen and young adult oral health! http://bit.ly/1TXTzJd #ThinkTeeth
6/21/16 Denti-Cal improvements are on the way! via @KidsPartnership http://bit.ly/1OyfvX1
6/23/16 Make sure you’re helping ur kids practice good #oralhealth habits no matter what age they are! via @AmerAcadPedDent (use with parent oral health image)
6/28/16 @CDA_Dentists has some great tips for keeping early childhood caries out of kids mouths! #ThinkTeeth http://bit.ly/1svNZFB
6/30/16 Help teens take their #oralhealth into their own hands! Have them join @AmerToothfairy #MySmileMatters http://bit.ly/1WD96S1
Sample Tweet/Post for #BuildingHealthySmiles
I’m #BuildingHealthySmiles by educating (#) parents on how to be sure their kids are brushing correctly.
I’m #BuildingHealthySmiles @ (Location of event/education)
How are you #BuildingHealthySmiles for kids in your community?
I’m #BuildingHealthySmiles by advocating for higher #Denti-Cal reimbursement rates!
I’m #BuildingHealthySmiles with the parents from (school, NfL name).