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Dr. Olivia Hooker, Psychologist

Dr. Olivia Hooker has dedicated much of her long career to understanding and helping children with developmental disabilities. As a survivor of the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921, she’s also campaigned to raise awareness of that terrible event and seek reparations for the victims.

Gerritsen Beach Residents Keep Moving Toward Recovery

It’s been 16 months since Superstorm Sandy barreled into the East Coast. Outwardly, Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach looks normal. Valentine’s Day decorations fill the windows of the modest homes on side streets. The houses and yards seem cared for.

John Swett Rock: Dentist, Doctor, Lawyer, Abolitionist

John Swett Rock

John Swett Rock grew up in the 1830s in New Jersey. In an era when many black children were sent out to work for a living, his parents were committed to keeping him in school. He repaid them with a brilliant career, studying his way to certification as a dentist, doctor and lawyer.

Transportation Still a Stumbling Block on Road to Care, Our Research Finds

The Affordable Care Act helps children from low-income families get health care, and that’s a good thing. But some of those children still have trouble seeing a doctor – because their families lack transportation. That’s the conclusion of a research letter published by Children’s Health Fund scholars in JAMA Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Medical Association..

Sarah Loguen Fraser, Pioneering Doctor

Sarah Loguen Fraser’s childhood home in Syracuse, NY, was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Over the years, her parents harbored some 1,500 people fleeing north to escape slavery. Many arrived sick or injured, and Fraser grew up tending to their needs. She resolved to learn medicine in order to help people more.

Health Problems are a Barrier to Learning, say New York City School Administrators

New York City schools say health issues are a significant problem in their classrooms, according to our newly-published paper in the peer-reviewed journal SAGE Open.

On the Street and Changing Lives

For homeless kids, doctors who care about their health and their future

Children’s Health Fund put its first mobile clinic on the streets of New York City in 1987 to bring health care to children and families living in homeless shelters. Over the years, in partnership with its NYC affiliate Montefiore Medical Center, it has expanded in New York City to also provide urgently needed health care to low-income families in the South Bronx.  It is care that can change lives, as NBC Nightly News reported on January 18th.  

Children’s Health Fund President Dr. Irwin Redlener Plays Leading Role in New York City Pre-K Movement


Mayor Bill de Blasio’s high-profile “UPKNYC campaign” to expand the early learning opportunity of universal pre-k to every child in New York City gained even more momentum on Monday, January 6, as leaders of organizations representing over 1.3 million working New Yorkers announced their support.

Isani: In the Driver's Seat


Isani Castro, then and now
Isani, then and now

When Isani Castro of the South Bronx was a child, she and her brother Gabriel got to sit behind the wheel of Children’s Health Fund’s big blue bus.

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