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Children’s Hospital Association pledges $447,950 to Children’s Minnesota

Grants from CHA support programs across the health care system, from child life in the emergency department to mental health services for vulnerable children

Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) has supported growth for innovative pediatric care at Children’s Minnesota for almost 90 years. In 2021, CHA is continuing that legacy of support, announcing $447,950 in grants across 12 programs.

Five of these programs support community-based health care initiatives, including the Runaway Intervention Program within the Midwest Children’s Resource Center (MCRC). CHA’S Mental Health Special Needs Fund expands Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, which teaches parents traditional play-therapy skills to reinforce positive child behavior and traditional behavior management skills. Other programs, such as child life in the emergency department and Star Studio, expand wrap-around services to support children’s and families’ lives during care.

“As we address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are incredibly grateful for the generous support of Children’s Hospital Association and its volunteers,” said Jennifer Soderholm, Children’s Minnesota Foundation president and chief development officer. “These grants support vital and unique programs that make a difference in the lives of our patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay for care.

CHA Executive Director Erin Bursch said during a year upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, CHA supporters knew generosity and giving were not canceled. “Whether it’s helping pay for a child’s car seat so a baby can get home safely or soothing a toddler through music therapy before treatment, CHA is making a difference with Children’s Minnesota one child at a time.”

Funding Distribution

Program Funds
Audiology – Improving Amplification Access and Family Education $10,000
Children’s Cancer Survivor Program $20,000
Child Life in the Emergency Department $35,000
Community Connect $65,000
Complex Cardiac Disease Caregiver Simulation $21,000
First Steps $14,000
Midwest Children’s Resource Center $70,000
Mental Health Special Needs Fund $35,000
Music Therapy Program $50,000
Runaway Intervention Program $28,000
Star Studio $50,000
The Unreimbursed and Undercompensated Care Program $49,950

Interested in getting involved with Children’s Hospital Association?

To get involved with CHA and join a family of more than 2,000 volunteers, visit cha-stpaul.org.

Nick Petersen