A California nonprofit is creating a “designs and materials for health insurance” website that would help children navigate their healthcare options and help parents find doctors.
The website would include a doctor directory, a search tool, and a pediatric hospital card.
The project is funded by the California Children’s Fund, which provides grants to low-income children.
The site is still in the early stages, but is scheduled to be launched next week.
The website would help kids navigate their insurance options and would help parents to find doctors that they could afford.
The California Childrens Fund is working with the nonprofit Designs for Health to create a “child health defense website,” said Katie Meehan, executive director of Designs and Materials for Health.
This is the first time we have had a collaborative effort that actually connects kids with a real-time website, Meegan said.
“I think it’s really important to take a proactive approach and really listen to kids,” she said.
“The kids are the future of the health care system.”
The design, called “Designs for Children,” is the brainchild of design professor Jonathan H. Zivin and his wife, Katie.
The couple started with a website that let parents find children’s doctors and medical schools.
The idea of using designs as tools for communication was born.
The two then looked at how children might use the same materials in their everyday lives, such as a school book, a coloring book, or a toy.
“Children use all kinds of materials, from tools to textiles to books, to play to music,” Zivi said.
“[They’re] able to build upon their experiences and take advantage of the materials they’ve been exposed to.”
Designs and Meehans design was inspired by children’s literature, but he said he hopes the website will be able to bridge the gap between the children and their parents, who are often separated by geography and language.
“Kids can really see the difference between the materials their parents have to give them and the materials that are available to them,” he said.