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A “medical home” is not a place, it’s a partnership.

Developing Special Initiatives

Many of our Special Initiatives are unique efforts developed with funding from private-sector partners. Through these programs, Children’s Health Fund has developed innovative health care solutions to the challenging problems of children we serve.

Equally important, we share what works. At national conferences and through professional papers, Children’s Health Fund disseminates information on new tools and procedures for conditions that compromise children’s health or interfere with school success. Our special Initiatives broaden knowledge within the medical and educational fields about conditions that disproportionally affect underserved children. Outreach and advocacy efforts also increase public, family and patient awareness of these issues while encouraging healthier lifestyles for all.

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Improving Care

Community-based Centers of Excellence

Children’s Health Fund believes every child deserves extraordinary care. The Community-based Centers of Excellence Initiative establishes a high standard of quality for our programs across the country. The Community-based Centers of Excellence is a partnership between the United Health Foundation and the Children’s Health Fund.

Childhood Asthma Initiative

Asthma can cause lost sleep, late-night emergency room visits and missed school days. This initiative brings best practices in asthma care to children in low-income communities.

Health Information Technology

Information technology is revolutionizing health care in the United States. Children's Health Fund is bringing those advantages to children in low-income communities throughout the United States. This initiative is funded in part by the Verizon Foundation.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Smiles

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, and dentist shortages leave many kids without care. This initiative brings help to some of the areas that need it most. Healthy Kids, Healthy Smiles is a partnership between Metlife Foundation and the Children’s Health Fund.

Medical Home Initiative

This Initiative offers comprehensive, patient-centered health care in areas where a doctor is hard to find. The Medical Home Initiative is a Partnership between Sanofi Foundation for North America and Children’s Health Fund.

Starting Right Initiative

Children’s Health Fund is empowering kids to eat healthy and avoid diabetes and obesity – and we’re getting results. The Starting Right Initiative is a partnership between Children's Health Fund and the Walmart Foundation.

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Expanding Access

Child Health Transportation Initiative

Children’s Health Fund is working to help low-income families overcome a major obstacle to care – lack of transportation to doctors’ offices and hospitals. Leadership support for the Child Health Transportation Initiative is provided by the Kresge Foundation.

Health Care for Hispanic Children Initiative

Doctors are in short supply in many neighborhoods where Hispanic children live, and transportation may be unaffordable. The Health Care for Hispanic Kids Initiative works with programs throughout the country to make sure these children, individually and collectively, get the health care they need.

Referral Management Initiative

For kids living in unstable conditions, getting to a specialist can be a significant challenge. This Initiative offers families the assistance they need to get much-needed specialty care. The Referral Management Initiative is a partnership between GlaxoSmithKline and the Children's Health Fund.

Urban Health Initiative

This Initiative provides comprehensive care and support services where they are needed most: at homeless shelters, schools, day care and community centers. The Urban Health Initiative is supported in part by the Morgan Stanley Foundation.