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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

Boats cleaning up after Gulf Oil SpillDr. Irwin Redlener, President and Co-Founder, Children's Health Fund (CHF), sits down with NBC Nightly News to discuss findings from a new survey conducted by researchers at Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness, in collaboration with CHF and Marist Poll, and how children are showing 'more distress' from oil spill than Katrina.  Video also features Donna Usner of Children's Health Fund's New Orleans program.

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Children's Health Fund President Dr. Irwin Redlener answers questions on the psychological toll of the oil disaster on children and families in the Gulf.

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Two months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion caused the oil spill now globally acknowledged as the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history, the residents of the Gulf region immediately impacted are exhibiting dramatically high levels of anxiety, both among adults and children, about the future health and well-being of the region.  Read the press release»

"Gulf Coast Kids Devastated by Oil Spill"
CBS News, June 21, 2010
"The Oil Spill's Psychological Toll"

Time (blog), June 22, 2010
and ADDITIONAL NEWS COVERAGE»

A newly published study reports a savings of more than $4500 per child with asthma – or $11 saved for every one dollar spent – to the healthcare system with the use of a best-practice asthma intervention program in primary care for inner-city medically underserved children. The findings are published in May's Journal of Health Care for the Poor and UnderservedWatch the NY1 video»

"Enlisting Patients in the Fight to Cut Costs"»
The New York Times, June 8, 2010

Read the study: Health Care Savings Attributable to Integrating Guidelines-based Asthma Care in the Pediatric Medical Home »

Haitian ChildChildren's Health Fund's South Florida Children's Health Project, serves the largest Haitian-American community in the country, and has seen a growing number of recently arrived patients, many of them children, who have been impacted by the disaster in Haiti.

Learn more about CHF's plan to expand capacity to help Haitian children»

CNN October 23, 2009

Children's Health Fund President Dr. Irwin Redlener provided answers to viewer's questions - sent in via email and tweets - about H1N1 on CNN's Newsroom with Kyra Phillips.  

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CNN September 16, 2009

CHF Co-Founders, major pediatric provider groups and Congressional Leaders came together on the Capital Lawn to underscore the importance of health care reform for children.

CNN August 11, 2009

Randy Christensen, MD, Medical Director of CHF's Phoenix Children's Health Project is featured on CNN and answers questions about the current health care reform proposals.

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CBS Evening News May 28, 2009

CBS Reports special series "Children of the Recession" features Children's Health Fund's Austin program and family impacted by loss of insurance and health care for their children. 

CHF Featured on CBS News. (Video) »
Recession Leaves Many Children Uninsured. (PDF) »
List of CHF National Programs and Affiliates »

Inspired by CHF Co-Founder Irwin Redlener, MD, CBS News and USA Today have launched a week-long series "Children of the Recession."  CBS previously covered the launch of CHF's National Initiative 'Kids Can't Wait,' a campaign to raise awareness of the impact of the economic crisis on health care access for children.

View Katie Couric's video»

Read the CBS News/USA Today poll»

The weekend of April 25-26 marked the start of CHF's National Initiative Kids Can't Wait in Detroit, MI.  Future free medical and dental weekends of care are planned for the future. Visit our Kid's Can't Wait page for the latest details or view some of our most recent updates below.

Read the press release »

View CBS News' special series "Children of the Recession" »

Read the white paper, "The Recession Generation:  Detroit's Children at the Center of the Nation's Economic Crisis." »

The weekend of April 25-26 marked the start of CHF's National Initiative Kids Can't Wait in Detroit, MI.  Future free medical and dental weekends of care are planned for the future. Visit our Kid's Can't Wait page for the latest details or view some of our most recent updates below.

Read the press release »

View CBS News' special series "Children of the Recession" »

Read the white paper, "The Recession Generation:  Detroit's Children at the Center of the Nation's Economic Crisis." »

CBS News April 25, 2009

Paul Simon spoke exclusively to CBS News about the campaign and his committment to use his fame in the service of America's most vulnerable children.

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CHF Co-Founder Dr. Redlener speaks with the CBS News Early Show about the recession's impact on children across the United States and the launch of CHF's national initiative, Kids Can't Wait.  
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On March 11, 2009, Dr. Redlener and Paul Simon met with members of congress to discuss Children's Health Insurance, and access to health care for the poor. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanked Paul Simon for his efforts in passing the Children's Health Insurance Program.