Dedicated to providing health-related programs that contribute to the well-being of children and their families within the community.

Care Initiative Autism Spectrum Disorder

By developing and implementing best practices through education, clinical practice, and resources this program builds on the previous years’ program, and brings it to a new level. The goals are to partner with the community and schools to inform on best practices, share findings regionally and nationally, to host a regional conference with national speakers, create a new social narrative, and continue providing Autism Tool-kits. Elevating care across the region and nationally, Children’s Minnesota hopes to become a national leader for the care of children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

First Steps

This vital program is a primary child abuse prevention and support program for teen parents. Trained community volunteers address financial, social and parenting challenges to young parents and families.

Spiritual Care

CHA’s pledge of support enables this on-call pastoral care program to provide emotional support to patients and families.

Community Connect

Our philanthropic leadership has helped to launch a transformative new service in the St. Paul general pediatrics clinic. Through community connect, the hospital is able to work with families to identify opportunities to improve health, provide connections to responsive resources, and coordinate supportive follow up with families and community partners.

Runaway Intervention Program (MCRC)

This grant funds an Advanced Practice Nurse and counselor to provide on-going health care to runaway and homeless youth who have been sexually exploited.

“We are embarking on a significantly different way of delivering clinical care and even though the role of social factors on health is well understood, it is not yet part of the payment mode. CHA’s support is so critical to seeding this forward-thinking approach and equipping us with the resources we need to prove this concept.”

Anna Youngerman,
Senior Director of Advocacy & Health Policy at Children’s

Featured Program Clinic of St. Paul

This grant provides financial support to disadvantaged children in our community. Many of the children seen at the St. Paul Clinic would not have access to regular health care without this vital program.

Music Therapy

This fund allows additional service hours so a larger population of children and families at Children’s Minnesota can benefit from music therapy. Music therapy benefits pain management, physical rehabilitation, respiration, cardiac conditions, and patients with anxiety and mood/emotional stress.

1 in 3 families in Minnesota cannot afford hospital bills when they get sick or injured.

Mental Health

Enabling the Psychological Services Department of Children’s to provide mental health services for emotionally vulnerable children who lack healthcare coverage, are low income, or have high insurance deductibles.

Midwest Children's Resource Center (MCRC)

Works to help abused children by addressing their physical and emotional needs and the needs of their families.  The Center serves a critical role as a hospital-based Child Advocacy Center and a medical clinic by surrounding abused children with comprehensive, compassionate, high quality care.  In the past 12 months, MCRC has seen more that 1,300 children for neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, witness to violence and drug endangerment.

Featured Program Child Life in the ER

Child life specialists assess and support the psychosocial and emotional well-being of patients and families going through trauma, having invasive procedures, have a new diagnosis or are suddenly in need of unexpected medical care. Specialists help create a safe, child friendly environment which decreases anxiety and the perception of pain. Your donation can help expand child life coverage in the St. Paul Emergency Department and the number of patients served.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States. Children with obesity are at risk of having other chronic health conditions, and becoming an obese adult. Addressing childhood obesity early on is essential to avoiding long term affects of being overweight. The Pediatric Obesity & Wellness Program provides families with the education, counseling, and support they need to change old habits, and start living a healthy lifestyle.

Child Life Zone

Minimizing the stress a child experiences while seeking medical care helps to create a positive  healing environment. Over 1,500 patients visit The Child Life Zone each month. Child life specialists provide therapeutic activities through art, music therapy, a sibling pay area, and pet therapy just to name a few!

Child's Cancer Survivor Program

Being the largest pediatric cancer program in the Upper Midwest, the Child’s Cancer Survivor Program utilizes a multidisciplinary team of professionals who follow survivors after treatment to support patients and family through education, screening, and treating late effects of cancer and its treatment.

Star Studio is Children’s very own in-house TV studio — offering programming in studio spaces on both campuses. Star Studio provides positive, memorable experiences for patients and families as an alternative to mainstream and commercial entertainment. Whether in the studios or on the TV, Star Studio offers something the whole family can enjoy together.

Gifts of $10,000 or more may be directed to CHA’s currently pledged programs.

To discuss your contribution please contact us.

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