Children's Health Fund Kicks Off New Initiative [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Children's Health Fund has launched a school-based initiative to create "Healthy and Ready to Learn Schools."
According to a media release, phase one of this initiative includes three pilot schools in New York City that will embody a new partnership of health care professionals, educators, and parents to ensure that every child gets the health care and support needed to fulfill their potential. Announced as a Corporate Founding Partner of the Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative, Jaguar Land Rover North America has provided Children's Health Fund with a $500,000 grant through its Corporate Social Responsibility program to fund the first pilot school, a South Bronx elementary school in the nation's poorest Congressional district.
"Teachers in the nation's underperforming schools face a classroom that is filled with children who have untreated health problems that directly impede their capacity to learn, and we need to open our eyes to this problem and fix it," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, Co-Founder and President, Children's Health Fund. "We are so thankful to Jaguar Land Rover for supporting our first 'Healthy and Ready to Learn' pilot, which will bring staff and resources to the school to facilitate robust screening protocols for health barriers to learning, aggressive follow up to ensure kids get the treatment needed for diagnosed conditions, and teacher and parent education so they can be effective partners in this effort."
Dr. Charles Basch, Professor of Health and Education at Columbia University's Teachers College is working with Children's Health Fund on the design of the Children's Health Fund initiative. He said, "Recent research has shown that the health barriers to learning that we are targeting have powerful impacts on cognition, attendance and school connectedness. While there have been prior efforts to tackle one problem or another, like getting glasses for kids or providing breakfast, a strategic and coordinated effort is what is needed to ensure that kids are healthy and ready to learn."
"Jaguar Land Rover is honored to be Corporate Founding Partner of the Children's Health Fund Healthy and Ready to Learn initiative," said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. "We understand the need to remove those health-related barriers that prevent children from learning in the classroom and look forward to working alongside CHF to enact positive change in the lives of students in need."
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