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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.
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.
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.
Every Child Counts.
Every Family Matters.
Irwin Redlener, MD,
Co–Founder and President
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.
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.