“We were supposed to be untouchable,” said Dr. Nelson Almodóvar Rodríguez, medical sub-director of Salud Integral en la Montaña (SIM), a network of community-based clinics in Puerto Rico. “Historically, hurricanes went underneath us or above us.” But on September 20, 2017, Hurricane María struck the island with direct, deadly force as a category five hurricane. […]
What We Do
In 2020, the National Network partners we support and our Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative reached 101,841 children and individuals through 597 service sites.
We Promote Access to Healthcare for Children
Since 1987, Children’s Health Fund (CHF) has been breaking down barriers to health and wellbeing for children living in under-resourced communities. Whether it’s a baby living in a Bronx homeless shelter, a child living in a rural area of West Virginia, or a teen living on the streets of Las Vegas, the programs CHF supports deliver high-quality medical and dental care and social supports to the children who need it most. This includes connecting families to resources in their communities to address non-medical needs such as lack of health insurance, housing, and nutritious food. Our programs across the country reach children and families through: fixed and mobile clinics, telehealth, and school-based partnerships at schools, Head Start centers, shelters, and many community sites.
We Keep Kids Healthy and Ready to Learn
Our Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative addresses health needs rooted in social, racial, and economic inequities by creating relevant content and training that builds agency in school communities. Since 2014, we have reached over 10,000 educators in New York City through our school-based programs, providing technical assistance and trainings on health education and trauma-sensitivity. But we go above and beyond by supporting the entire school community—teachers, students, and educators—with workshops, resources, and tools through our online Resource and Training Center so that more children not only make it to school each day but are attentive and ready to learn.
Explore the HRL Resource and Training Center.
We Drive Advocacy and Impact Policy
Since our inception, we have fought for policy gains that have strengthened the critical safety net that children need to thrive. With our strong focus on healthcare, we are very proud of our contributions to the passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the ongoing efforts to uphold the Medicaid program. We have also fought for increased access to healthcare and advocated for policy solutions to address homelessness, transportation barriers, asthma care, poor nutrition, and other areas. There are millions of children who still need health insurance and healthcare access, as well as social interventions to thrive. They fuel our advocacy and policy efforts to go the extra mile.
We Provide Support in Disasters and Public Health Crises
When disaster strikes, children and families living in under-resourced areas face bigger hurdles to recover from the damage and trauma. Whether it's a flood, hurricane, or epidemic, Children’s Health Fund has decades of experience responding to public health crises. Through mobile clinics, the programs we fund we have the agility to provide a swift and effective response. Our extensive experience means we know that recovery takes time, so we provide support for the long haul. As our country and world face rapidly evolving challenges related to pandemics such as COVID-19, climate change, and migration, we will continue exploring and innovating ways to help the children affected by these crises.
Learn about our response to COVID-19.