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►"That's the happiest van I ever saw," a flagman told the driver of Children's Health Fund (CHF)'s affiliate program in Montrose, Colorado. Joining CHF's fleet of vibrant blue "doctor's office's on wheels," the van funded from a grant from American Idol "Idol Gives Back", is part of our local Child Health Transportation Initiative, a partnership with Telluride Foundation.
Lack of access to reliable transportation is one of the most pervasive barriers to health care for children in the United States, resulting in missed opportunities for routine well-child care, increased incidence of untreated chronic illnesses, increased use of emergency rooms for non-emergency care, and an increase in preventable hospitalizations. The local program in Colorado offers patients living in three counties a ride to follow-up and special medical and dental apppointments if they do not have their own transportation to get them there.