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CHF's Mission

Founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/child advocate Irwin Redlener, MD, the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) set out to provide health care to homeless and medically underserved children. The first program launched in New York City complete with a mobile medical clinic (a doctor's office on wheels). Since then CHF's mission has expanded to include 22 programs and 2 affiliates in 15 different states nation-wide, including the nation's capital. CHF's fleet of medical mobile clinics has grown to 50.

Phoenix's Mobile Medical Unit - 1 of 50 Guaranteed Access to Health Care »

20 million children in America face serious challenges getting the health care they need. Healthcare reform 2010 will help many get insurance coverage, but millions of kids will still not have access to medical care. Our work continues.

50 mobile clinics. 24 communities. 2.2 million health care visits. »

 

CHF's Call To Action: Kids Can't Wait Video »

Over the next 2 years, the goals of the Kids Can't Wait campaign are to expand health care services to disadvantaged children and raise national awareness of health care access challenges facing America's children, made worse by a failing economy.

Learn more about the Kids Can't Wait Campaign »


 

Health Care For Children in Need

Every Child Counts.
Every Family Matters.
Every Day.

Irwin Redlener, MD,
Co–Founder and President


 

 

Public Service Announcements 

Paul Simon and Jane Pauley Radio Spots For Children's Health Fund

CHF Co-Founder Paul Simon and CHF Board Member Jane Pauley recorded radio PSAs that will air nationally in more than 15 markets.  The spots feature CHF stories of children, like Glenny and Rochelle, who have been cared for by the medical staff in CHF programs around the country.

Listen to: Jane Pauley's PSAPaul Simon's PSA
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Fox Sports TV Spot For Children's Health Fund

Fox Sports Supports selected the Children's Health Fund as the official charity of the 2008 - 2009 season of the NFL on Fox. "Fox NFL Sunday" Talent were featured in 2 PSAs, which ran nation-wide throughout the season educating the general public about the needs and barriers to health care experienced by disadvantaged children. 

Fox Sports Supports the Children's Health Fund

 

 

News Coverage

Children's Health Fund co-founder and president Dr. Irwin Redlener discusses the impact of falling public health preparedness funding on CNBC. Dr. Redlener also heads the http://ncdp.columbia.edu/http://ncdp.columbia.edu/ at Columbia University's Earth Institute.

Our Chief Medical Office, Delaney Gracy, appeared on the Today Show to talk about how to make sure your child is ready for school at any age.

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Irwin Redlener, M.D., co-founder and president of Children's Health Fund, speaks at The Washington Post Live Children and Families Summit on March 5, 2013.

Watch the entire summit here.

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Paul Simon and Irwin Redlener on Morning Joe msnbcOn Thursday, September 27, Children’s Health Fund co-founders Paul Simon and Dr. Irwin Redlener were guests on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the state of children’s health in America. While the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will ensure millions of additional children will have access to health insurance, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will get the care they deserve. As Dr. Redlener states, “the consequences of not getting [children] the health care they need…will be an unfolding disaster that will not only affect our present, but our future.” 

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Ho-Chunk Nation Mobile Clinic for Kids

Under sunny skies, a dedication dance and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Ho-Chunk Nation Labor Day Pow-Wow on September 1 set the stage for healthier children in Ho-Chunk Nation. Children's Health Fund unveiled it's newest program and 50th "doctor's office on wheels" with the launch of the Ho-Chunk Nation Children's Health Project.

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Dr. Irwin Redlener, President and Co-Founder, Children's Health Fund answers questions on what's at stake and what it means for children.

Is there another way to make sure kids have access to health care -- whether or not the law stands?

Congratulations to Orlando Teen Xpress Program, on being Award. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, a philanthropic affiliate of BCBSF, awards the Sapphire Award for recognition & promotion of excellence in non-profit community health programming in Florida.

CBS 5 Nov 14, 2011

Dr. Randy Christensen, Medical Director of the Phoenix Children’s Health Project (PCHP) explains the campaign to help underpriviledged children. Dr. Christensen; co-founders Paul Simon and Dr. Irwin Redlener; along with five other doctors from all over the country lend their voices to Children's Health Fund's Appeal to Congress, a video letter that aims to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves: our children.

NY1, August 9, 2011

Children's Health Fund talks to NY1For a quarter of a century, the Children's Health Fund have been bringing doctors offices to communities throughout the city and other parts of the country where health care isn't easily accessible, without regard for a patients ability to pay. NY1's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.

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NY1, August 9, 2011

Children's Health Fund talks to NY1For a quarter of a century, the Children's Health Fund have been bringing doctors offices to communities throughout the city and other parts of the country where health care isn't easily accessible, without regard for a patients ability to pay. NY1's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.

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2020 Special Edition March 11, 2011

Earthquake. Could it happen here?ABC News Correspondent, John Berman, takes a walk with CHF President Irwin Redlener on a fault that runs underneath New York City. Recent events in Japan urge the question: Are we prepared? 

The first step is to have a plan. Download Disaster Preparedness materials and begin the conversation with our family.

More from Dr. Redlener on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, President, CHF, speaks to CNN's American Morning, live from New Orleans about research findings showing children still suffering emotionally from the 2005 disaster. Watch the video»

Dr. Redlener on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"Watch the video»

Morning Joe," MSNBC, August 26, 2010

Dr. Irwin Redlener, President, CHF speaks to MSNBC's Morning Joe, live from the "Fight for Survival" Conference in New Orleans about Katrina, the status of children, and the impact on U.S. disaster policy.  Watch the video»