More Committed Than Ever to the Health of Children and Families
When public health crises strike, it’s kids who often suffer the most, especially kids living in marginalized communities. Whether it’s a flood, hurricane, or epidemic, Children’s Health Fund is committed to both responding fast and staying for the long haul.
As the infection and death rates rise again across the country, we are poised to help a National Network of partners representing over 26 locations across the country as they work to ensure the continuity of medical and mental health services and to supply basic necessities to their patients. Children’s Health Fund’s partners across the country are unique in the way they work within communities. Their approach to the pandemic is no different: each partner’s response is crafted to best support the families they serve.
When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, it was clear that the communities where CHF partners work would be among the hardest hit. The COVID-19 Community Emergency Response and Recovery Fund was launched to ensure resiliency and supportive measures are available for children living in this country’s most underserved communities.
The Fund was launched in March 2020 with a generous gift of $2 million from the PepsiCo Foundation. These funds made COVID-19 screening and testing available for individuals and families who would otherwise not have received care. From March 23 to May 31, 2020, our partner programs performed 707,740 screenings and 114,158 tests for the virus. Additional generous donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations have supported the procurement of masks; telehealth equipment and services; food and household supplies; and emergency funding for rent, utilities, and transportation.
In this second wave of the pandemic, our COVID-19 Community Emergency Response and Recovery Fund allows us to:
- Support our clinical partners in continuing to provide healthcare, much of it by leveraging telehealth for children and families;
- Address the emotional trauma children and families are experiencing through mental health services;
- Fund basic needs such as food, rent, medicines, and more that families cannot afford due to financial challenges;
- Partner with schools and community-based organizations to support efforts that support the healing and mental health of the students, school staff, and community partners;
- Advocate for policies that support the emergency response efforts and ensure that the needs of the most marginalized individuals and families are lifted up.
Generous support provided by
Corporate and Foundation Donations Needed Now
More funding is needed to help us address the extraordinary health, social, and financial needs countless families and children will experience as this crisis unfolds. We are calling on our corporate and foundation leaders to show their generosity in this time of unprecedented crisis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.