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Photo Friday - Children's Health Project of Detroit Kicks Off in the Motor City

Children's Health Fund Co-Founder Paul Simon Helps Kick-Off 25th Project in Detroit

►Children's Health Fund (CHF) Co-founder Paul Simon joined Senator Debbie Stabenow, Irwin Redlener, M.D., and Nancy M. Schlichting of Henry Ford Health Systems for the launch of CHF's 23rd program, the Children's Health Project of Detroit.  Thanks to all who made this program possible! 

Photo Friday - Holiday Sorting/Wrapping Party with Friends from MediaCom

Volunteers from MediaCom helped to sort and wrap new clothing for CHF patients and visitors, and visited a CHF mobile clinic

►Pictured here with Carol Sumkin (second from left), Children's Health Fund's Senior VP, Development, are volunteers from MediaCom, who joined us today to sort and wrap new hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, sweat shirts & socks for CHF patients & their families. It's a true struggle for our homeless patients to get the most basic necessities, including warm clothing & food, so these items will certainly help during the winter months.  Thanks to MediaCom and ICAP for donating today's items!!  Check out our twitter feed for live updates and pictures from our sorting party: www.twitter.com/chfund

This Year, Give the Gift of Health Care

by Karen Redlener, Executive Director, Children's Health Fund

Every day, doctors and nurses at Children's Health Fund (CHF) programs across the country hear words of thanks from patients and their families.  Marcus Gondella*, father of two, who lost his job and his family’s health insurance along with it said of CHF’s care, “You gave us back our dignity. My wife and I were so relieved that we could take our sons to your mobile clinic for their immunizations, school physicals and to keep our youngest boy’s asthma under control. Getting this high level of care means a lot to us and makes our whole situation a lot easier to deal with.”  Children rely on CHF programs to get the health care they need.Families like the Gondella’s rely on CHF to get health care.  Without our programs and access to regular health care, common ailments like asthma or cavities can lead to bigger problems if left untreated. 

Unfortunately, there are many more children who need our help, and yours.  You can be a part of our efforts to help more children grow up healthy by making a generous gift now.   And the best part is CHF’s Co-founder, Paul Simon, has pledged to match new and increased donations to Children's Health Fund.  So a $25 gift can become a $50 donation to Children's Health Fund! 

Please click here to make a gift now and help us continue delivering services.  Thank you for your support of Children's Health Fund and the children we serve.

*To protect the patient’s privacy, his name has been changed. Patient in the photo above is not the patient represented in the story.

Happy Thanksgiving from Children's Health Fund

by Delaney Gracy, MD, MPH, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Children's Health Fund

CHF's NY program staff help families find services that provide them with access to food.This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a wonderful tradition and time to enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal with family and friends while giving thanks.  It’s also a time to think about those who aren’t as fortunate and won’t be able to enjoy a meal this Thanksgiving.

When I was working on the mobile clinics with the New York Children’s Health Project (NYCHP), one of the first questions I would ask my patients was “Have you eaten today?”  Sadly, the answer to this question was often “no.”  Many of the families seen by CHF doctors across the country struggle from food insecurities.  In fact, in a recent survey of all of the programs within CHF’s National Network, we found that referrals made by health care providers to community-based services were most frequently related to food insecurity.  Proper nutrition is pivotal to healthy living, especially for children, so when a patient hasn’t eaten, his or her health will undoubtedly be impacted.

Luckily, because of CHF’s ability to not only provide primary care services, but also social services referrals to help address the complete picture of a child’s well-being, we were able to help these families get food immediately and begin the process of signing the families up for food assistance programs.  In New York, if a family visiting the clinic needs an immediate source of food, we are able to go to the food pantry at CHF's New York Children's Health Project and provide a few days worth of healthy meals for the entire family.  As part of the longer-term solution, NYCHP staff helps the family find services that will provide them with access to food via food stamps, benefits, or other local soup kitchens or pantries.  From January to October 2010, the NYCHP food pantry fed more than 400 individuals and helped get them back on their feet. 

Children's Health Fund programs and services, like our food pantry, wouldn't be possible without your support, so this Thanksgiving we thank you for all that you do to help us provide the best health care to underserved communities. We hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with your friends and families.

Photo Friday: Prince Charles' visit to Harlem Children's Health Project

Prince Charles' visit to Harlem Children's Health Project 2007

►During a January 2007 visit to New York that focused on youth development, urban regeneration and environmental conservation, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Children's Health Fund's Harlem Children's Health Project, as part of a tour of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ).  The Prince and Duchess discussed and toured the Health Promotion Learning Lab where HCZ Promise Academy Middle School students were engaged in an interactive computer lesson about asthma and the Harlem community.  Two years later, as part of his first official overseas visit, Prince Harry visited the program as well.

Photo Friday....CHF Staff Goes Bowling

Children's Health Fund Staff

► This afternoon, Irwin & Karen Redlener are taking the staff from CHF's Headquarters bowling.  Sporting our new CHF shirts, we are off to have some fun and celebrate what we have accomplished this year thanks to hard work and all of our generous supporters!  We hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Supporting Grandparents as Caregivers

By Dr. Rhonique Shields-Harris, Medical Director of Children’s Health Project of D.C.

In 2006, CHF's Children's Health Project of DC (CHPDC) launched a grandparent support group for local grandparents who were raising their grandchildren. CHPDC recognized a need to provide assistance and encouragement to this growing population because of their often unexpected roles as caregivers. The group not only provides support, but also acts as a place where these grandparents can access legal advice, referrals, housing resources and assistance completing forms and applying for benefits for their grandchildren.

Interestingly, an article in yesterday's New York Times noted findings from the most recent Census Bureau report regarding the sharp rise in the number of children living with their grandparents. In 2010 in the US, 6.5 percent of children live with their grandparents, which is the highest rate in 20 years and an 8 percent increase since 2009. Given these new findings, it's important for support groups like ours to provide resources to help these grandparents in raising the next generation.

Photo Friday-Congrats to Susan Spalding, MD

From left to right:  Karen Redlener, Executive Director, Children's Health Fund, Susan Spalding, MD, Medical Director, CHF's Dallas Children's Health Project, Irwin Redlener, MD, President. Children's Health Fund.  During Children's Health Fund's Annual Conference in Austin, Dr. Spalding received the 2010 CHF Founders' Clinician Award (supported by Schering-Plough Foundation) for her 18 years of incredible service.  Congrats!

What the Midterm Elections Mean for Kids

by Irwin Redlener, MD, Co-Founder and President, Children's Health Fund

The midterm elections have changed the political landscape of our country, but what does this mean for kids?  We watched the midterm elections closely here at Children's Health Fund, and remain committed to the idea that engaging new members of congress, educating them on child health coverage and access issues and encouraging their support for policies and programs that ensure that children get the services they need is the best course of action. 

This past year has seen tremendous gains for kids in terms of health insurance coverage.  Reforms that expand coverage to reach more kids, strengthen the workforce and community based care and ensure the quality of care children receive benefit all Americans and are a sound investment in our country’s future.  We will be vigilant in working to defend these gains now and in the future. 

We hope we can count on you to join us.

Celebrating 10 Years of Service in Phoenix

by Randy Christensen, MD, Medical Director, Phoenix Children's Health Project

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has a slogan that I just love, “Here We Grow Again!”  Growing up is certainly what the Crews’n Healthmobile has been doing for quite some time.  Thinking back to 2000 and our first mobile clinic, it just amazes me how far we have come. 

When you’re a kid, your 10th birthday is a pretty big deal.  Not only have you reached double digits, you’ve spent a decade growing, learning, developing relationships, and understanding the world around you. It’s a milestone that deserves a special celebration with family and friends.  For us here at the Crews‘n Healthmobile, our 10th birthday is no different.  On November 13, we are taking a moment to celebrate a decade of growth and success serving thousands of homeless children & adolescents in the Phoenix area.  It will be a time for our friends, donors, and co-workers to recognize all that we have accomplished and look towards the future of our program. Yes, that day we will certainly be the “big kid” at the table.

Those in the Phoenix area that would like to join us for the celebration at Martini Ranch of Scottsdale, can view our invite online.  The $25 will cover a drink, a band, and food!  All of the door proceeds go directly to the program and through the generous donation of Children's Health Fund we have matching funds up to $50,000! 

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