Jack Thompson Joins Board of the Children's Alliance
NWCPHP faculty member and former director, Jack Thompson, speaks about child advocacy and joining the Children's Alliance board.
February 25, 2013
In January 2013, Jack Thompson, MSW, a NWCPHP faculty member, joined the board of the Children’s Alliance, a child advocacy organization whose vision is "that all of Washington’s children will have what they need to grow up to be the people they dream of becoming."
The Children’s Alliance is active on many fronts, but their overarching purpose is to work for laws, policies, and programs that make all children in Washington State healthy and safe.
Thompson has a long history of involvement in child advocacy. In the late 1980s, he worked with others on the Children’s Initiative, a measure to dedicate funding to be used for child education, health, and safety programs. While the Initiative did not pass, it led to the strengthening of the Children’s Alliance and the creation of the Children’s Campaign Fund (CCF).
In the 1990s, he was a founding board member of CCF. This organization supports candidates who pursue programs and legislation that help children in Washington State. The fund is going strong today, and supported a number of winning candidates in the last general election.
Thompson’s current work with the Children’s Alliance is in two areas. As a board member, he is working with other board members to help the Children’s Alliance continue its effort to become an anti-racist organization. Children’s Alliance believes that institutional racism has powerful effects on the health and welfare of children. Specifically, the Alliance is looking closely at the ways they engage with policymakers, communities, and other advocacy partners to discover how these activities might reinforce or work against institutional racism.
Thompson says that this is interesting, difficult, and important work."I am very impressed by the serious way in which the Alliance is moving on undoing institutional racism. They are very determined to be a leader in this important area."
Thompson hopes to become more active on the Children’s Alliance’s Public Policy Council. He says, "A lot of advocacy groups are trying to figure out how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to affect whatever group they are working with. In our case, we are trying to figure out what ACA will mean for kids and how to take advantage of the new initiatives to better serve kids."