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Safeguarding Vulnerable Children

Children's Health Fund(CHF) collaborates with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to integrate the strengths of one of the nation’s premier public health institutions with the innovative clinical and advocacy programs of the Children’s Health Fund. 

Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and more recently in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it has become apparent that children, in general, and disadvantaged children, in particular, are not receiving sufficient attention as the nation prepares to respond to future disasters.  Furthermore, disadvantaged children are disproportionately affected by long-term behavioral and emotional consequences of catastrophes. 

CHF will continue to address crisis response issues impacting children through:

  • The development of emergency preparedness plans for the treatment of children during public health crises
  • Public health surveys measuring the trauma of a specific health crisis.
  • Providing properly equipped and staffed mobile medical units to deliver disaster-based primary care.