The Remarkable 35-Year Journey of Children’s Health Fund from 1987 to Today

In 1987, three New Yorkers—singer Paul Simon, Dr. Irwin Redlener, and Karen Redlener—came up with a novel plan to provide healthcare to the 11,000 children then living in the city’s homeless shelters and welfare hotels.

Their idea, which led them to create Children’s Health Fund (CHF), was that the best way to ensure children receive essential and quality healthcare is to deliver it to them where they live. That concept of bringing healthcare directly to children who had no other way of accessing it proved so successful that CHF grew to become a national operation over the nearly four decades that followed.

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