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Idol Gives Back to Kids

Thank You American Idol Viewers

Your donations from last year helped thousands of children get the health care they deserve.  The Idol Gives Back grant has funded more than 100,000 medical, mental health and dental care visits to children and families across the country and counting...

Primary Care
More than 20 Million children aren’t getting the necessary preventative and primary care they need to grow and thrive, causing millions of unnecessary trips to Emergency Rooms.  The grant has provided…

  • Three new Children’s Health Fund mobile medical units, including one in New Orleans
  • Expanded Health Care Services and Capacity throughout the Children’s Health Fund’s National Network
  • Primary care services to more than 50,000 low income children in both rural and urban communities across the country.
  • 3 more pediatricians – this will ensure that by year end more than 1,000 children will receive immunizations, treatment for chronic diseases, and acute care.

Mental Health
The Surgeon General says that 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental disorder. More than 70% of American youth don’t receive the mental health counseling they need. Without intervention childhood mental disorders may have serious repercussions including school failure, drug abuse, violence and suicide.
The grant has provided:

  • 4 more psychologists and social workers
  • One new state-of-the-art Mobile Mental Health Unit, providing mental health services to more than 500 additional high risk children this year, many of whom have been victims of trauma and violence.

The Surgeon General calls dental problems the “Silent Epidemic” that results in more than 51 Million school hours of missed school each year. The grant has:

  • Expanded and/or started dental services in four communities – the hiring of new staff and upgrade of state-of-the art equipment including one new custom designed Mobile Dental Health Unit will provide dental services to 3,500 kids within the first year – caring for more than 70,000 teeth.

25 Million children in the US are overweight or obese, that’s one in every 3 children between the ages 2 and 19. Obesity increases the risk of many chronic diseases including diabetes and cancer.
The grant made it possible to:

  • Hire 1 more nutritionist – within the first year more than 100 overweight teenagers will learn what it takes to be healthy and how to prevent or manage Type II Diabetes.