Children's Health Fund
Data to Support Success:
1989: Successfully lobbied for amendment to Homeless Assistance Act to benefit children
1995: Kids First, Kids Now campaign brought awareness to children's health issues
2000: Conducted survey that revealed nearly three million children miss medical appointments because they don't have transportation. This research and other efforts by CHF led to the United We Ride executive order, which made it easier to set up transportation programs for children and supported these efforts with federal funding.
2006: CHF sponsored a report on the effects of disasters like hurricanes on children. This report led to congressional funding for projects to help victims of natural disasters.
2008: Congress established the National Commission on Children and Disasters, partly as a result of CHF's advocacy.
How does it operate?
-Led by co-founder Irwin Redlener
-Funded by donations
-Hold events and fundraisers
-Set up mobile care units to offer health service to homeless and underprivileged children
-Conduct research and present findings to Congress
-Affiliated with hospitals in 15 states
What issue does it deal with?
-Helping children, especially underprivileged and homeless children, receive the medical care they need by:
-making sure the Affordable Care Act benefits children
-securing federal funding for programs that transport children to medical
-improving health information technology to reduce costs of health care