Children's Health Fund

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Children's Health Fund
Children's Health Fund Logo
FounderIrwin Redlener, MD
Paul Simon
TypeNational organization
  • 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 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 two star rating from Charity Navigator, although it previously held a four star rating.[42]


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