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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

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.

C-SPAN March 5, 2009

Event marks the beginning of Obama Administration's efforts to develop consensus on national health reform objectives and strategies. 

Watch the C-SPAN video »

New video features Children's Health Fund Referral Management Initiative, which is designed to ensure that children in high-risk populations have access to specialty care.

Learn More About CHF's Referral Management Initiative 

Watch the video»

 

Today's Money, Giving to Charity
11/26/2007

The Today Show's financial expert features CHF as model charity for it's effective use of funds donated. CHF has earned a 4-Star Charity Rating from Charity Navigator -- the highest rating.

.87 cents of every dollar donated to CHF goes directly to Children's Health Fund programs.  

 

Paul Simon Children's Health Fund Another Round: Compromise After President's Veto
Paul Simon and Irwin Redlener, co-founders of the Children's Health Fund, went to Washington to speak out against the President's veto and to speak on behalf of the millions of children who go without basic health care in America.

Irwin Redlener Washington D.C. Another Round: Compromise After President's Veto
Paul Simon and Irwin Redlener, co-founders of the Children's Health Fund, went to Washington to speak out against the President's veto and to speak on behalf of the millions of children who go without basic health care in America.