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The Times-Picayune, March 31, 2011

If you have been around the Port Sulphur YMCA on a Friday, you have no doubt seen the big blue bus parked out front. It is a mobile pediatric office, intended to help children with illnesses so they will not have to go to Jefferson or Orleans parish to receive medical care. 
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Safeguarding Provisions for Children in the New Health LawA year ago, the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. In this special report Children's Health Fund illustrates the important first steps that the new health law takes to increase insurance coverage and improve access to care for millions of children.

The report includes recommendations for actions that both the federal and state governments should consider, including support for community health centers, support for the work of federal agencies responsible for managing health reform, and, in the states, taking advantage of all opportunities for funding within the health reform law.

Report: Safeguarding Provisions for Children in the New Health Law »
Press Release: One-year Anniversary Of Health Care Law: Children's Health Fund Assesses Progress to Child Health »

Huffington Post, March 16, 2011

There is no denying that in this difficult budget climate, politicians are facing tough decisions. Astronomical budget and debt challenges have given many experts cause for serious concern regarding the stability of the U.S. economy. State and federal programs -- including many that affect children -- are being slashed to balance budgets.

But what has been lost in the machinations of hot political debate are the long-term consequences for families who will see almost nothing but devastating cuts in vital programs needed to educate, support or treat children -- especially those with special vulnerabilities.  Read more »

2020 Special Edition March 11, 2011

Earthquake. Could it happen here?ABC News Correspondent, John Berman, takes a walk with CHF President Irwin Redlener on a fault that runs underneath New York City. Recent events in Japan urge the question: Are we prepared? 

The first step is to have a plan. Download Disaster Preparedness materials and begin the conversation with our family.

More from Dr. Redlener on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Huffington Post,  March 1, 2011

For nearly 50 years, Medicaid has served as a health care safety net for the poor, reducing the burden on families during periods of individual and national economic hardship. One in three children nationwide currently relies on health services provided through Medicaid.

Yet, in response to serious budget shortfalls and anticipated increased Medicaid spending in the near term, politicians from at least five states have threatened to withdraw from the Medicaid program read more »

Dr. Sharon "PJ" Joseph, Medical Director, New York Children's Health Project, Community Pediatrics Program, provides her perspective on the news that Children’s Health Fund’s New York Program is the nation’s first mobile medical program to receive highest level of certification from National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Read the blog, "A Gold Medal for New York Children's Health Project"»

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Children's Health Fund's new mobile medical clinic in Detroit.Children’s Health Fund and Henry Ford Health System are launching a new health care program involving a mobile medical clinic, funded by the Idol Gives Back Foundation, that will provide comprehensive health care services to medically underserved children at schools and in community locations.  Launch event features Sen. Debbie Stabenow and CHF Co-Founders Singer Paul Simon & Irwin Redlener, M.D.

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NEWS COVERAGE
Paul Simon Helping Launch Detroit Health Effort

AP Associated Press, December 6, 2010

Bring It On: New Mobile Clinic Set to Provide Free Health Care to Detroit's Kids
Huffington Post,  December 6, 2010

 

Our very own Alina Olteanu, MD, PhD, FAAP, Medical Director of CHF’s New Orleans Children’s Health Project (NOCHP), head of the section of Community Pediatrics and Global Health in the Tulane School of Medicine, and recipient of the 2010 Community Pediatrics Local Heroes Award is featured in this month's AAP Council on Community Pediatrics Project Spotlight.

"We all know the proverbial saying “It takes a village to raise a child”. As a community pediatrician I feel it is my duty and joy to be part of and contribute to a community in raising healthy children. I also feel responsible to look out for the well‐being of the entire community. If we, as community pediatricians, succeed, our children will raise our village."   - Dr. Alina Olteanu

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Children of Newark celebrate the new Webkinz Foundation-sponsored mobile clinic.A new Webkinz Foundation‐sponsored mobile clinic brings medical services to underserved children and families in New Jersey. 

New Jersey Children's Health Project provides access to health care services for New Jersey families regardless of their ability to pay. More then one‐third of the 77,000 children in Newark live in households with income levels below the federal poverty line.

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Children should receive higher priority in disaster preparedness and response plans, according to the majority of people who took part in a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Health Fund.

"Disaster Planners Should Give Higher Priority to Kids"
U.S. News and World Report Health (online), October 22, 2010