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Paul Simon and CHF Doctors Tell Super Committee: Don’t Cut Health Care for Kids!

Caroline DeRosa,Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, Children's Health Fund

The Super Committee, a subgroup of Congress appointed to find $1.5 trillion in budget savings, is entering their final weeks—specific budget cutting recommendations will be made by Thanksgiving and the full Congress must pass the plan by Christmas.The 12 members of the committee will make decisions that will either ensure or dismantle the country’s safety net for children, by protecting or making huge cuts in funding to Medicaid, CHIP and other critical programs.  These decisions in Washington could have painful, long lasting effects on kids for decades to come.

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!

U.S. Census Shows Alarming Trends for Children and Families

by Deirdre Byrne, Director of Policy, Children's Health Fund

The U.S. Census released data on income, poverty and health insurance for 2010 and the news for children and families isn’t good.  The numbers tell the story of a country facing lasting effects of the economic downturn.  More children are facing poverty and millions are facing deep poverty. Children living in poverty are more likely to be uninsured, have fragmented health care access, do poorly in school, experience food insecurity and are more likely to experience poverty as an adult.

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 or tweet the hashtag #checkinforcheckups Clorox donates 10 cents to CHF, up to $100,000. 

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