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CHF Partnership Aims to HEAL New Orleans Kids Suffering from Asthma

HEAL Partners in front of the New Orleans Medical Unit

Saturday, October 22 — CHF joined representatives from Xavier University of Louisiana, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, the Merck Childhood Asthma Network and the City of New Orleans Department of Health to announce the launch of the Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL), Phase II Project. CHF's New Orleans Children's Health Project will work with Xavier and Daughters of Charity to bring quality asthma care and management to kids and families in the New Orleans area. Given that asthma rates in the city of New Orleans are among the highest in the nation, it is this partnership will help improve the lives of some of New Orleans' most vulnerable residents, kids with asthma.

Thanks, Sanofi US!

Sanofi US Volunteer Week

Saturday, October 14, 2011 -  We had an awesome day with volunteers from Sanofi US.  As part of Sanofi Volunteer Week, the group painted an apartment in a homeless shelter in the Bronx. They left it sparkling! Sanofi volunteers that couldn't make the painting day sent over a hand-made decorative toddler table and chairs set for the shelter's day care center.

Sanofi US has been a supporter of Children's Health Fund (CHF) for many years, and is the sponsor of CHF's Medical Home Initiative .  Thank you to Sanofi US from all of us here at CHF, for your continued support and for a great day.

Happy Birthday to Paul Simon

Paul Simon

October 13, 2011 — Children's Health Fund (CHF) leadership, staff and programs wish our Co-Founder, Paul Simon, a very Happy 70th Birthday. Thank you, Paul, for all of your support over the past 24 years. We are lucky to have you as a part of the CHF family.
 

SAVE THE DATE: A NYC Child Health Forum: Toxic Stressors, Child Development and Interventions to Improve Health

NYC Child Health Forum: Toxic Stressors, Child Development and Interventions to Improve Health
By Deirdre Byrne, Director of Policy, Children's Health Fund

On October 28, Children’s Health Fund will bring together doctors and other health professionals, child advocates and local government officials to discuss toxic stressors and the role they play in a child’s life.  Research has shown that early childhood years – birth to age 5 – are critical to a child’s development and are directly linked to later economic productivity, responsible citizenship and sound physical and mental health.  The pervasive effects of deep poverty, abuse, neglect and exposure to violence in early childhood all lead to toxic stress, endangering not only a child’s short term but also long term health and chance to succeed in society. 

Soaring High with Volunteers from Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines Volunteers

Volunteers from Delta Air Lines spent a day painting apartments in need of a fresh coat of paint at a South Bronx homeless shelter where Children's Health Fund (CHF) provides care.  Their hard work helped create a more comfortable, clean and happy space for families who are often struggling.

Delta Air Lines also supports CHF through their sponsorship of the Yankees Home Run Club.  Thank you from the entire CHF family for your support and for a fun-filled afternoon!

Let’s Make Every Day National Child Health Day

Detroit Dental Mobile Unit Kid Exam
By Irwin Redlener MD, President & Co-Founder, CHF

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) celebrates the 83rd annual National Child Health Day with theme of Helping Children Lead Healthy Lives. They have created a website featuring important resources that assist families in finding health care services including the 311 Prenatal Hotline, Insure Kids Now, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, Text 4 Baby, Find a Health Center Locator and the Maternal and Child Health Program.

Congratulations to Dr. Isabel Pino, Medical Director, Children's Health Fund's West Virginia Children's Health Project

Dr. Pino Founders' Clinician Award Recipient

Karen Redlener, Executive Director, Children's Health Fund (CHF), Isabel Pino, MD, Medical Director, CHF's West Virginia Children's Health Project, and Irwin Redlener, MD, President/Co-Founder, CHF, gather during CHF's Spring Clinical Conference in Washington, D.C. for a very special presentation.  Dr. Pino received the 2011 CHF Founders' Clinician Award (supported by Schering-Plough Foundation) for her work serving the children and families of West Virginia for nearly 20 years.  Congratulations Dr. Pino and thanks for your hard work and dedication!

Checking-in for Checkups…More Than Half Way There!

Bethenny Frankel Checks-In
By Carol Sumkin, Senior Vice President, Development, Children's Health Fund

Back in June of this year, Children's Health Fund (CHF) and Clorox, along with New York Times best selling author Bethenny Frankel, launched Check-in for Checkups, a social media-driven campaign that challenges America to make healthy choices that benefit themselves and their families, while simultaneously contributing to the lives of others. Each time you “check-in” at http://www.checkinforcheckups.com/ or tweet the hashtag #checkinforcheckups Clorox donates 10 cents to CHF, up to $100,000. 

Celebrating 15 Years on the Teen Health Van

Dr. Seth Ammerman, Medical Director, San Francisco Peninsula Children's Health Project
By Dr. Seth Ammerman, Medical Director, San Francisco Peninsula Children's Health Project

For the past 15 years, I’ve had one of the greatest jobs in the world. In September of 1996, I hopped on board as the medical director of the Teen Health Van for the San Francisco Peninsula Children’s Health Project, a partnership of Children’s Health Fund and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  The clinic on wheels was established to provide accessible, comprehensive health care to uninsured youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and as with all of CHF’s programs we wanted the Health Van to be a place our patients could depend on – a place where they knew they could see a doctor or nurse that they could trust.  Since we launched 15 years ago, our van has been just that for over 3,500 kids in the San Francisco area.

News from Around the Network

By Delaney Gracy, MD, MPH, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Children's Health Fund

Happy summer blog readers!  We hope you are enjoying these summer months, staying cool and finding some time to relax with family and friends.

We thought you’d be interested in reading about some exciting awards, events & stories we’ve heard from our programs over the past few months.

Detroit’s Medical Director, Dr. Elliott Attisha was named one of Ambassador Magazine’s “Hot Docs” of 2011.  This annual contest highlights the work of Metro Detroit area doctors who are “reaching beyond the call of duty” and serving as leaders within the health care industry in Detroit.  Check out the great feature article on Dr. Attisha and the Children’s Health Project of Detroit.  Congrats to Dr. Attisha on the award!

An amazing story comes out of our Memphis Children’s Health Project and demonstrates the importance and commitment of the mobile clinic staff. What started as a typical day on the Mobile Medical Clinic quickly turned into a potentially devastating afternoon.  While one student in the clinic began suffering from a severe asthma attack, another student arrived to the principal’s office, also having trouble breathing.  Nurse Terrie Whitfield ensured the first student was treated for his asthma attack but felt that the second student’s symptoms were more serious and insisted that he be taken by paramedics to the Emergency Room.  At the hospital, clinicians detected a blood clot, among other health issues.  Thanks to Nurse Terrie’s insight, the student was able to get the proper treatment and is doing well today. According to the principal of the school, “I can truly say that if [the Le Bonheur staff] had not been there, the results could have been very different and even tragic.”  Check out Le Bonheur’s newsletter for the full story.

A great clip about a new program organized by CHF’s Baton Rouge Children’s Health Project was recently featured on Louisiana’s Channel 9 News.  The project teamed up with Varsity Sports and the Big Buddy Program to promote exercise and overall health among 4th and 5th grade students at an elementary school where our clinic provides services.  Children who laced up and completed a summer running camp were rewardedwith brand new sneakers and other prizes.  The program wasdeveloped to encourage exercise, but also to build self-esteem and help address the obesity problem in Louisiana. 

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