Stories of Impact from our 30th Year:

Reaching more milestones to help children thrive through quality healthcare

In 1987, Dr. Irwin Redlener, singer/song-writer Paul Simon and program designer, Karen Redlener set out on a mission to ensure that even America's most vulnerable children could receive the health care they so desperately need. 30 years later, Children's Health Fund is stronger than ever and delivering much needed medical, dental, and mental health care across the United States.

To commemorate our 30 years of service, we'll be sharing 30 stories that focus on our work, ideals, and people throughout 2018. We set out to change the lives of children and families for the better. Please read, watch, and share our stories below. Be sure to check back for updates.

Thank you for your support.


Our Memphis Regional Children’s Health Project helps Karla get the healthcare she needs.

Read Karla’s story here.

Your support provides high-quality healthcare for children across the country. Help children like Karla here


Case Managers like Miguel address complex patient needs that can extend beyond medical services.

Read Miguel's story here.

Your support helps our providers go the extra mile. Help us continue to provide comprehensive care here. 


Mr. Larry has spent the last nine years literally going the extra mile to bring healthcare to kids in need.

Read his story here.

Your support helps us do work we are passionate about. Please help us continue to provide high-quality care here. 


In a new city, without steady work, secure housing or health insurance—Grace’s family got access to the care they need.

Read 8-year-old Grace's story here.

Your support makes a great impact. Help children like Grace here


Children’s Health Fund and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® brought the Guardian's of the Smile campaign to Austin Texas!

Read more at PRNewWire.

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November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Our partner program, The New York Children's Health Project helps to ensure high quality healthcare to homeless families and children who need it most.

Watch at News 12.

In celebration of Giving Tuesday, H&M is supporting Children's Health Fund and its mission of ensuring access to high-quality healthcare for some of America's most disadvantaged children. Through a gift card sales drive online and in all stores this holiday season, H&M will donate 5% of card purchase amounts to the Children's Health Fund, with a minimum donation of $350,000 and a maximum of $500,000.

Read more at PRNewsWire.


A world of positive change is taking place inside a classroom at PS 36 elementary school in Harlem where our Healthy and Ready to Learn Program is helping children overcome health barriers to learning. See 7-year-old Joseph Peña’s story.

Read more here

Your support makes a great impact. Help children like Joseph here.

Dennis Johnson, Executive Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, weighs in on the issues facing Congressional District 13, and how the upcoming midterm elections will impact the community we serve.


Children's Health Fund (CHF) is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Goodman, MD, MBA, as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (EVP/CMO) to further the organization's overall mission of ensuring high quality healthcare for America's most disadvantaged children. Dr. Goodman joins CHF during its 30th anniversary year in which the nonprofit has expanded its reach to children across 16 states at over 400 service delivery sites, its largest service base to date.



We recently participated in the MediaplanetUSA Family Health campaign in which we joined industry advocates, leaders and professionals to raise awareness of the continuously growing impact of childhood obesity and ways we can help our children be healthier. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on Sept. 28th 2018 and is published online.

Read more here

International Medical Corps will staff a mobile medical center with a team comprising physicians, nurses and support staff.

International Medical Corps and Children's Health Fund Collaborating on Response to Hurricane Florence

Children's Health Fund is thrilled to be partnering with International Medical Corps in this response, and those to come," said Dennis Walto, CEO of Children's Health Fund. "Bringing together International Medical Corps' global and domestic emergency-response capacity and Children's Health Fund's pediatric expertise and mobility will enable us to provide children and families affected by Hurricane Florence with the vital healthcare services they need to make it through this crisis.

Read more here


Kid Friendly Policies and the Midterms

CHF's CEO, Dennis Walto was recently featured in a timely piece about the upcoming congressional elections and how they will impact children in The Hill. Science tells us that societies which invest in future generations thrive.

Read more here


Children's Health Fund Welcome New Board Member

Children's Health Fund is pleased to welcome Marc Costantini to its board of directors. Marc Costantini, Executive Vice President of Commercial and Government Markets at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, joins the board as Children's Health Fund celebrates the end of the first year with CEO Dennis Walto at the helm.


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MLB's Washington Nationals Help Launch A New DC Mobile Dental Unit

Out D.C. program with Children's National recently launches a brand new mobile dental unit, with the help of MLB's Washington Nationals.

Read our post here, with more on


Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth

The Arizona Republic recently spoke with Dr. Vinny Chulani of the Phoenix Children's Hospital and our Phoenix program about the Crews ‘n Healthmobile and LGBT services in the Phoenix area.

Read the full story from the Arizona Republic here.


Introducing Guardians of the Smile

Children’s Health Fund and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® launched a nationwide program to provide quality dental care to children in underserved communities on Tuesday, June 6th. The partnership kicked-off with a special event emphasizing oral hygiene featuring celebrity China Anne McClain at P.S. Margaret Douglass School in the South Bronx. The partnership will span over the next two years as Guardian’s generous donation of one million dollars funds mobile dental clinics and other dental services for high-risk children across the US. Read more about this exciting collaboration here and here!

Visit Guardians of the Smile here!

Expanding Access In Southern Arizona

Chiricahua Community Health Centers is a Children's Health Fund National Network partner that is expanding access to health care in the southern Arizona region. Earlier this year, the program expanded with an additional Mobile Medical Unit. The new mobile clinic will add 3 extra service days to the Southern Arizona Children's Health Project, expanding care to the community it serves.

Click here to learn more about the program and how it's changing health care in the region.

Red Nose Day + Road Trip

Children’s Health Fund is proud to be a chosen partner of Red Nose Day for its fourth year in a row. Red Nose Day funds helps CHF’s programs continue to provide high quality health care services to America’s most disadvantaged children. Since Children's Health Fund is the largest provider of mobile based primary care for vulnerable children in the USA, it’s fitting that funds collected from Red Nose Day 2017 went to creating a new state-of-the-art mobile medical clinic - which we recently drove across the country from Ohio to Nevada - to help launch our new program in Nevada. Noses on!

Click here to see the videos from our Red Nose Day Road Trip.

Click here to see Dr. Marcee White speak about Red Nose Day's impact.

Announcing Children's Health Fund's Nevada Program

On May 17, 2018, Children’s Health Fund & Nevada Health Centers, Inc., celebrated the expansion of our partnership with the unveiling of a new mobile medical clinic. Read our full story here. Click here and here for media coverage.

A Q&A with The Center for Rural Health Innovation

Earlier this year, Children’s Health Fund launched a new partnership with The Center for Rural Health Innovation (CRHI). To help introduce CRHI to the CHF audience, we conducted a brief Q&A with Amanda Martin, Executive Director and Dr. Steve North, Founder & Medical Director, as well as Children’s Health Fund CEO Dennis Walto to talk more about the relationship and work. Click the link below.

Click here to read full Q&A

CHF Advocates on Behalf of Children in Washington, D.C.

Each year Children’s Health Fund (CHF) gathers its medical directors representing the programs of Children’s Health Fund’s National Network for Capitol Hill meetings with congressional members and staff. Engaging those who shape public policy enables Children’s Health Fund to have an impact that extends beyond its clinical programs. Through this work at the federal level, CHF plays a critical role in creating an environment that supports the health needs of children. Click the video to watch our story.

Recognizing National Children's Dental Health Month and beyond

During National Children's Dental Health Month, the Times-News of Idaho took a look into one of our dental programs that is helping to fight dental pain, one of the Health Barriers to Learning.

Read the full story here.

Missed Opportunities

Our latest report, published in the Public Library of Science revealed that an alarming majority of US states fail to require adequate health screenings for students entering or returning back to school. Findings from the report, present evidence that asserts states are not doing an equal or adequate job ensuring that children go to school healthy, and if children are not healthy, they are not ready to learn once in the classroom. Overall, 29 States earned “F” or “D” grades, failing to mandate screening for Health Barriers to Learning.

Read the Reuters article here.
Read the report here.

Intro & West Virginia: Head Start

Watch the video for an introduction to our 30 Stories features, and to learn more about the Head Start program as well as Children's Health Fund's West Virginia program.