We provide a Comprehensive Medical Home

At Children’s Health Fund, our vision for pediatric care includes addressing all the factors that can influence a child’s well-being.
This includes primary and preventive medical and dental care, mental health support, and referral to specialists.
We take care of the whole child and we stay with them throughout their health care encounters.

A medical home is not a place – it’s a partnership between a pediatric clinician and the child and family. By establishing an ongoing relationship, supported by our innovative electronic health record system, the health care team can follow through to ensure all a child’s health needs are met.

The medical staffs on the mobile clinics come from our affiliated institutions , which have the resources and expertise to meet the toughest pediatric challenges. Under the leadership of our Chief Medical Officer, we collaborate with our colleagues across the country to develop best practices to treat at-risk children.  These become Special Initiatives that are piloted and then shared across our National Network.


A “medical home” model was first proposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the 1960’s for children with chronic medical conditions complicated by developmental or emotional issues. The AAP recognized that these children require a more coordinated level of health care as well as related services.

That’s an important approach. But, children who have been medically underserved and are challenged by poverty, need even more.  They often have multiple medical issues and problems that have compounded. For example, disadvantaged children are more frequently affected by asthma. If they are not getting exercise, they are more likely to be overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes. Vision problems may have been missed, or eyeglasses an expense that is out of reach for parents, contributing to learning problems.

Ironically, these kids who often need the most care are the ones who typically have access to the least.

Children’s Health Fund believes these kids need an “comprehensive medical home” that provides intensive primary care and a high level of integration across specialty care, supported by health information technology.

We are working to establish the “comprehensive medical home” approach across our National Network, incorporating medical, dental and mental health services.  This level of care includes screening, prevention, identification and management of acute and chronic conditions, as well as health education for the children and their family.

A DOORWAY TO CHANGE                    

At Children’s Health Fund, we’ve seen how health care can be an effective and necessary doorway into a wide range of services. As trust builds between our health care professionals and families, they become a source for help with medical and non-medical concerns. We advocate for families on insurance and housing. We foster learning skills through our reading Initiatives.

Our comprehensive healthcare model enables young patients to thrive, to be healthy and ready to learn so they can fulfill their potential.


Special Initiatives

Many of our Special Initiatives are unique efforts developed with funding from private-sector partners.  Our special Initiatives broaden knowledge within the medical and educational fields about conditions that disproportionately affect underserved children. Outreach and advocacy efforts also increase public, family and patient awareness of these issues while encouraging healthier lifestyles for all.

Improving Care

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.

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.

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 by Samsung.

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.

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.

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.

Expanding Access

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.

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.

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.

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.