We advocate for the Health of America's Kids

Providing clinical health care services is only part of the formula for giving economically disadvantaged children and families the opportunity to stay healthy. Children’s Health Fund also combines coordinated advocacy efforts with strategic academic-level research to provide a voice for America’s children.

By working to shape policy at the federal, state and local levels, Children’s Health Fund plays a critical role in creating an environment that supports the health needs of children.  Through research and analysis of the conditions, disparities and barriers that confront children and families, Children’s Health Fund helps inform and influence policymakers, garnering the support needed to provide comprehensive, quality health care to the patients we serve.

For an overview of the landscape of challenges facing children in poverty today, please read Unfinished Business

Children’s Health Fund’s advocacy efforts focus on a range of new and continuing issues relating to the ability of medically underserved communities to access the health care services they need.  Current policy priorities include:

Policy Priorities

Children’s Health Fund has been working to ensure that all children share in the benefits of health care reform.

Children’s Health Fund is partnering with educational professionals, policymakers, and school administrators to give every child a chance to be healthy and ready to learn.

Children’s Health Fund is engaging federal policymakers to ensure that millions of newly insured children have access to the transportation services they need to reach health care services.

Children's Health Fund is working to ensure that immigration reform proposals include provisions for access to health care services and family economic supports to children and families that meet the criteria for lawful status.

Children’s Health Fund President and Co-founder Dr. Irwin Redlener organized and led a coalition of six child advocacy leaders committed to urging our national leaders to put ending poverty on the national agenda and to address both the urgent short-term and challenging long-term needs of children.

Expanding the use of information technology is key to improving health care quality, lowering costs and responding effectively to health care emergencies, including disaster-related events.

Children’s Health Fund brings the latest research to bear to show lawmakers why maintaining funding for social safety net programs makes sense for America.

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Policy Publications

Children’s Health Fund researches areas of critical interest relating to the health and well-being of medically underserved children and vulnerable populations, and publishes periodic papers to raise awareness, spark national dialogue and influence health care policy.