Children' s Health Fund

Health screenings help kids succeed in the classroom

A child’s wellness can have a significant impact on that child’s performance in the classroom, those in the education field tell us.

That’s why we continue to be ardent supporters of health screenings – including eye and ear checkups – for kids before they go back to school.

Sanctuary Magazine Special Issue: Celebrating the Men in Our Lives

Nancy Burger, senior editor of Sanctuary Magazine, talked to Dr. Redlener about his lifelong mission to support the medically underserved in this country and his co-creation of the Children's Health Fund.

Dreams deferred: Dr. Irwin Redlener makes a case for fulfilling all kids' dreams

William wouldn't show his eyes.

The guarded, gaunt 10-year-old gazed at the floor of Dr. Irwin Redlener’s mobile pediatric unit parked in his Brooklyn neighborhood, answering the pediatrician's questions in monosyllables.

Then Redlener, who dreamed up the mobile unit — a big blue bus — with his wife, Karen, and singer-songwriter Paul Simon to bring health care to the inner-city poor, asked William what he calls “the big question”: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Founder of the Children’s Health Fund Packs Up His Doctor’s Bag

In 1986, as New York City reeled from a crack epidemic and runaway violence, Paul Simon, the musician, and Irwin Redlener, a doctor, paid a visit to one of the city’s notorious welfare hotels, the Martinique in Midtown Manhattan.

The two had been working together to raise money and awareness for children in Africa, as part of the “We Are the World” campaign, when it occurred to Mr. Simon that perhaps they could also address urgent needs closer to home.

Kids in Crosshairs as House Votes to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Some 35 million would have their access to quality health care threatened if the American Health Care Act passes the Senate and becomes law.

For the past two decades, steady progress has been made in ensuring access to affordable health care for all children. The Child Health Insurance Program, passed in 1997, provides affordable coverage for children in low-income families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to afford private coverage. The Affordable Care Act—“Obamacare”—passed in 2010 expanded coverage to millions of children who are poor or near poor.