What We Do

Policy & Advocacy

We Advocate for the Health of America's Kids

Children’s Health Fund prioritizes policy and advocacy efforts to change inequitable systems and help expand access to quality healthcare for children living in under-resourced communities.

Through our policy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels, we help create an environment that supports the health needs of all children. Children’s Health Fund also leads advocacy efforts to inform and influence policymakers, garnering the policy and funding support needed to empower our national network partners to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare to their patients.

We are focused on improving access to healthcare services and related resources that impact the health and well-being of children living in historically under-resourced communities who need it the most.

CHF MMUs in outside the DC Capital building


School-based Medicaid Expansion

Children’s Health Fund leads a Coalition aiming to expand school-based health services for students enrolled in Medicaid through the Free Care Rule reversal. View our Coalition page here.

Funding for Social Safety Net Programs

Social safety net programs, such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are essential to ensuring all children are healthy and thriving.

Transportation and Healthcare Access

Children and families served by our national network must have access to reliable transportation for regular checkups and other medical services.

Support for Immigrant Children

Children living in households where members have mixed-documentation status have unique health needs. Children’s Health Fund advocates on their behalf and works to increase access to healthcare and other social supports. Read our policy brief on immigrant child health.


Expanding access to telehealth is key to improving access, lowering costs, and responding effectively to emergencies, including pandemics and disaster-related events.


The communities served by our National Network have been disproportionately affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please read our COVID-19 policy report.

Policy Publications

Children’s Health Fund researches areas of critical interest relating to the health and well-being of children growing up in under-resourced communities and publishes papers and policy statements to raise awareness, spark national dialogue, and influence healthcare policy.

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