Statement from Dr. Irwin Redlener, president and co-founder of Children's Health Fund, following the President's State of the Union Address

Feb 13, 2013, 07:22 ET from Children's Health Fund

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The president made a strong case for universal early education in America, along with raising the minimum wage.  But his commitment to eliminate extreme poverty and save children from preventable deaths was focused on children of the world. All of this is, of course laudable. But we hoped to hear a commitment to eliminate child poverty in America where more than 16 million children face challenges that undermine their futures - and the future economy of the nation. Poor kids are not a voting block and they don't have the capacity to influence public policy. The sooner the President engages the full power of his office in the battle to eliminate child poverty, the better the prospects of every child reaching his or her potential."

Children's Health Fund

Founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/advocate Irwin Redlener, M.D., Children's Health Fund is the nation's leading pediatric provider of mobile-based health care for homeless and low-income children and their families. Children's Health Fund's mission is to bring health care directly to those in need through the development and support of innovative medical programs, response to public health crises, and the promotion of guaranteed access to health care for all children. Karen Redlener designed the Fund's first mobile clinic, and Children's Health Fund has since deployed 50 mobile clinics, including dental and mental health vehicles, to serve hundreds of locations across the country. Over the past 25 years, the organization has provided three million health care visits for disadvantaged children, often in places where doctors, dentists and other health care providers are in short supply. For more information about Children's Health Fund, visit

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