On my one-year anniversary as president and CEO of Children’s Health Fund (CHF), I reflect on my privilege to lead an organization that strives to ensure that all children receive the healthcare they deserve and need to thrive and succeed. As an immigrant myself—entering the United States at age seven, from Cuba via Nicaragua—I could not […]
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.
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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 to strengthen the critical safety net that children in under-resourced communities need to thrive. We have a long history of fighting for access to healthcare, and advocating for policy that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness, transportation barriers, asthma care, poor nutrition, and other issues vital to children’s health and well-being. We were proud to contribute to the passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and ongoing efforts to expand Medicaid. We lead a coalition working to expand school-based health services in New York State. Millions of children still need access to healthcare, which continues to fuel our policy and advocacy efforts.
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.