Children's Health Fund

Children's Health Fund
Children's Health Fund
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Founder(s) Irwin Redlener, MD
Paul Simon
Type National organization
Founded 1987
Location 215 West 125th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10027
Key people Irwin Redlener, MD; Paul Simon; Karen Redlener

Children's Health Fund (CHF) is a non-profit organization that provides health care to children and families on mobile medical clinics throughout the United States. CHF was founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and and pediatrician/advocate Irwin Redlener, M.D.. The organization began with a single mobile medical unit funded by Simon and designed by Redlener’s wife, Karen.[1] More than 20 years later, the organization has 23 programs with more than 50 mobile medical units[2] and is the nation's leading provider of mobile-based health care for homeless and low-income children and their families.[3] Karen Redlener remains with CHF, currently serving as the organization’s executive director.[4]

CHF programs are committed to the full range of children’s health care from health education and preventative care[5] to the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases[6] CHF programs provide or coordinate care that fosters oral and mental health, as well as specialty or hospital care.[7]


Paul Simon and CHF

In 1985, Dr. Redlener joined the board of USA for Africa as the organization’s medical director and director of grants, where he met Paul Simon.[8] In 1987, Redlener and Simon founded Children's Health Fund to provide health care to homeless and medically underserved children in New York City.[9]

Throughout the years, Simon has held charity concerts and benefit events supporting CHF[10] and has traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak to elected officials on behalf of CHF.[11]

National network

CHF’s National Network serve children and families in Arkansas;[12] Austin, Texas;[13] Baton Rouge, LA;[14] Chicago, IL;[15] Dallas, TX;[16] Detroit, MI;[17] Harlem, NY;[18] Idaho;[19] Los Angeles, CA;[20] Memphis, TN;[21] Mississippi;[22] Mississippi Gulf Coast;[23] New Orleans;[24] New York, NY;[25] New Jersey;[26] Orlando, FL;[27] Phoenix, AZ;[28] San Francisco, CA;[29] South Florida;[30] Southern Arizona;[31] Washington. D.C.;[32] and West Virginia.[33]

CHF has two affiliate programs in Philadelphia, PA and Montrose, CO .[34]


CHF supported the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997[35] and most recently, the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), historic health reform legislation signed into law early in 2010.[36]

Crisis response

CHF works with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University[37] to help document and assess the impact of major disasters on children and the communities they live in.[38]

Since Hurricane Andrew, Children's Health Fund has activated a crisis response plan to help provide medical assistance to the victims of the disaster. CHF initiated this plan again after the terror attacks of 9/11 providing support at ground zero in New York City;[39] after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005;[40] and most recently after the BP Oil Spill.[41]


CHF has received a four star rating from Charity Navigator.[42]


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  11. ^ Lloyd, Janice (2009-05-21). "Recession Q&A: 'Kids can't wait' for health care". USA Today. 
  12. ^ . Lee County Coorporative Clinic. 
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  14. ^ Ward, Steven (2010-12-24). "Mobile clinic helps EBR children get medical care". The Advocate. 
  15. ^ Russo, Alexander (08-03-14). "Obama Education Funding Requests". Catalyst Chicago. 
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  18. ^ Harper, Jason (07-01-17). "Harlem children's zone offers a safe space for city children". Real Estate Weekly. 
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  23. ^ Allen, Krystal (10-03-30). "Dr. Persharon Dixon -WLOX". WLOX-ABC News. 
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  26. ^ Jackson, Chanta L. (09-02-22). "Mobile health unit assists those in need". Newark Live. 
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  28. ^ Dodd, Johnny (08-10-13). "Daring to Care". People.,,20238092,00.html. 
  29. ^ "Providing an important safety net". Lucile Packard. 
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  31. ^ "Local Living Proof that Idol Gives Back". Douglas Dispatch. 10-04-28. 
  32. ^ "Children’s Health Project of D.C.". The ARC. 
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  34. ^ Herndon, Grace (08-08-07). "Dental Center a Rare Gem in Nation’s Health Care System". the Watch. 
  35. ^ McGrory, Mary (2002-02-21). "Care on Wheels". The Washington Post. 
  36. ^ Lehrer, Brian (2009-12-24). "Healthcare Passes: Changes Due for Little Patients?". The Brian Lehrer Show. 
  37. ^ . National Center on Disaster Preparedness. 
  38. ^ Yarett, Ian (2010-08-27). "The Legacy of Katrina’s Kids". Newsweek. 
  39. ^ Celeste, Rigel (2008-04-13). "The Children's Health Fund, Charity of the Day". Luxist. 
  40. ^ Lloyd, Janice (2009-05-21). "Recession Q&A: 'Kids can't wait' for health care". USA Today. 
  41. ^ Walsh, Bryan (2010-06-25). "Assessing the Health Effects of the Oil Spill". Time.,8599,1999479,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopular. 
  42. ^ . Chairty Navigator. 

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