April 23, 2014

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Simon Cowell and ‘Idol Gives Back’ Shine Spotlight on Children’s Health Fund and Families Struggling to Access Health Care

Children’s Health Fund (CHF) is one of the charities benefiting from tonight’s “Idol Gives Back,” the Emmy Award-winning television event and musical celebration raising awareness and funds to benefit various U.S. and international charities. CHF, an “Idol Gives Back” beneficiary for the third time, is the nation’s leading pediatric provider of mobile-based health care to homeless and low-income children and their families – regardless of their ability to pay. At least 14 million children and youth in the U.S. – one in five – live in poverty, and often when people live in poverty, they struggle to get access to ongoing health care. Each one of CHF’s 24 programs across the country has received support from “Idol Gives Back.”
Simon Cowell’s visit to CHF’s Southern Arizona program will air as part of “Idol Gives Back,” airing tonight, Wednesday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. During his visit, he saw firsthand how families in rural communities have difficultly accessing health care due to some non-insurance-related barriers, including lack of transportation or hundreds of miles between them and the closest doctor or specialist. CHF’s Southern Arizona program is located in an extremely rural area and experiences myriad challenges with very limited resources. It was founded largely in part to “Idol Gives Back” funding to CHF and brings urgently needed health care services to thousands of children, hundreds of which have special health care needs.
“In many poor communities across the country, children living in poverty can have an extremely difficult time getting the medical services they need. That fact is compounded by the great distances families have to travel to access critically needed services as well as doctor and other health professional shortages. It is particularly devastating for children with challenging medical conditions,” said Irwin Redlener, MD, President, Children’s Health Fund. “We are delighted and honored to be the recipient of ‘Idol Gives Back’ and its viewers’ generosity for the third time. Thanks to their incredible support, Children’s Health Fund has been able to provide care to families in Southern Arizona and all over the country through more than 650,000 health care visits. On behalf of everyone at the Children’s Health Fund and the children and families served by our programs, thank you.”
Access to doctors and specialists. Transportation issues. Language and cultural barriers. It is challenges like these that affect many of CHF’s families across the nation, preventing many kids from [...]