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A Laser-Like Focus on Health Barriers to Learning

Irwin Redlener, MD

For almost three decades, Children’s Health Fund has been bringing mobile pediatric clinics to schools across the country so kids in need can have access to health care. Our goal has always been to make sure that children are healthy, so they can learn and thrive. But time and again, we were seeing health conditions—like vision problems and asthma that are readily treated and resolved—hold kids back in the classroom.

Subtracting Health Problems from Learning


Kids have a job to do, and that is going to school and doing their best so they can succeed in life. But not all kids are ready for this job. Children raised in poverty often lack access to health care, meaning they go to school with untreated health problems, or they stay home sick and miss critical class time.

Out of Medicine, Out of School: Getting Asthma Under Control Keeps Kids in Class


At age four, José was already in danger of falling behind in school. The reason? Asthma.

The preschooler from Austin, Texas takes numerous medications for asthma and allergies. But when his mother’s Medicaid benefits lapsed and she ran out of medicines for José, she couldn’t afford to pay for them herself.

Don't Hesitate to Vaccinate, Dr. Redlener Urges Parents


With measles outbreaks in more than a dozen states, the media has been turning to Children’s Health Fund president Dr. Irwin Redlener for expert pediatric advice. He is urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against this highly contagious disease.

More Baby Health Videos from Dr. Delaney Gracy


When should you worry about your child's cough? What does poison ivy look like on a baby? Parents Magazine has released a second series of infant health videos starring Children's Health Fund Chief Medical Officer Delaney Gracy, MD.

These health tips are a followup to their popular 2014 series of baby health videos.

Healthy and Ready to Learn Initiative Looks to the Future


Children’s Health Fund President and Co-Founder Irwin Redlener speaks at the roundtable

“The challenges we face going forward as a country are enormous. The last thing we can stand to waste is the potential of children.”

Steve Diaz wins Montefiore’s prestigious President’s Award


Steve Diaz was the first driver of our first mobile medical clinic in 1987; for more than a quarter-century now, he’s played a key role in delivering health care to children at homeless shelters in New York. So we’re thrilled that our longstanding local partner, Montefiore Medical Center, has recognized Diaz with its highest honor: the President’s Award.

Dennis Johnson joins First Focus Board


We’re pleased to announce that our Executive Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Dennis Johnson, is joining the board of the children’s advocacy organization First Focus.

First Focus is a strong voice for the rights of children in Washington. It works tirelessly for kid-friendly policies in critical areas such as health care, immigration, education, nutrition, and the economy.

Founder’s Award Recognizes Outstanding Doctors in our National Network


Dr. Randal Christensen (left) used his award to address the needs of abuse survivors, while Dr. Alan Shapiro launched a program to help unaccompanied immigrant youth deal with their medical and legal problems.

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