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Our Urgent Response for 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. To ensure we can both act quickly and have the resources to be there for children and families tomorrow, Children’s Health Fund created the COVID-19 Community Emergency Response and Recovery Fund. 

The COVID-19 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.

While infection and death rates have plummeted in some states, CHF National Network partners in Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas are facing surges. Testing supplies are still limited for our communities in Arizona, Idaho, and Mississippi. In Florida and Texas there are long lines to be tested. The need for personal protective equipment is growing once again, as more people are hospitalized and resources are diverted to intensive care units and emergency rooms. In addition, childhood vaccinations plummeted in mid-March after COVID-19 was declared a national emergency, leaving many children vulnerable to preventable diseases.

Support Families Impacted by COVID-19

Against this unprecedented challenge, our COVID-19 Community Emergency Response and Recovery Fund allows us to:

  • Increase access to COVID-19 screening and testing at over 20 of the clinics and healthcare programs we support across the country;
  • Address the emotional trauma children and families are experiencing as well as help mitigate the financial challenges and lost learning opportunities that are a result of this pandemic;
  • Partner with schools and community-based organizations to support efforts that address the needs 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;
  • Support our clinical partners in continuing to provide healthcare to children and families as they recover from the pandemic;
  • Together with our partner the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, ensure state-of-the-art information is provided to families, community-based organizations, and our National Network partners.

Generous support provided by

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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 mbiehl@chfund.org for further information.