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

There is a high prevalence of children with autism spectrum disorder at Children’s Minnesota, and CHA is proud to give continuous support to this nationally-recognized program. 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 Toolkits.

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

What happens outside the healthcare setting – at a child’s home, in their school, and their community – has the greatest impact on a child’s health. Community Connect identifies social issues (such as food insecurity, unsafe housing, lack of transportation), connects families to the social services they need, and coordinates supportive follow up to make sure the services are received. CHA is proud to be a foundational supporter of this program’s continuous advances in innovative community care.

Runaway Intervention Program (MCRC)

This grant funds a nurse-led initiative to help sexually assaulted and exploited runaway girls reconnect to family, school, and health care resources.

“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 Saint 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. The Music Therapy Program brings the universal healing power of music by serving patients ranging from newborn to young adults. Music therapists work in conjunction with the medical teams at Children’s to meet patient treatment goals through scientifically based therapies using instruments, movement, and song. 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 Special Needs Fund

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

A trip to the emergency room is scary for anyone, but for a child, those fears can be more profound and have a lasting impact. 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.

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 own in-house, live television studio with programs developed specifically to engage with and lift the spirits of hospitalized children in and away from their hospital rooms. This year, Star studio will be upgrading filming equipment, building online connections, and growing their talent base.

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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