Miller Children’s Hospital Announces Membership in New National Alliance, Together for Kids, to Meet Growing Needs in Children’s HealthJuly 30, 2008
Together for Kids
One of 53 U.S. Hospitals to Form Nonprofit Fundraising Foundation
Childhood Obesity, Accident Prevention Targeted as Priorities
LONG BEACH, CALIF. (September 26, 2007) – Leaders of Miller Children’s Hospital today announced their involvement in a new nonprofit foundation, Together for Kids™, which will raise funds nationally to help Miller Children’s Hospital and other member hospitals cope with dramatic increases in the health needs of children. Miller Children’s Hospital’s announcement was in conjunction with a press conference held today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for the launch of Together for Kids.
“The children of our region and all across America are facing increasing challenges to their health and well-being—challenges that include the growing numbers of uninsured kids, the steadily climbing statistics on childhood obesity and the staggering toll of accidental injuries,” said Mel Marks, MD, chief administrative officer, Miller Children’s Hospital. “Miller Children’s Hospital is delighted to be part of this exciting new initiative and its mission to rally more resources to improve children’s health in the U.S.”
Children’s Health Problems Increasing, Funding Declining
“While the needs are increasing, funding for children’s hospitals is declining,” Dr. Marks added. “That’s why Miller Children’s Hospital is so glad that Together for Kids has been created to support the critical work of children’s hospitals in caring for seriously ill and injured kids, and to make a focused effort on the issues of childhood obesity and accident prevention.”
This support is greatly needed in Long Beach as a recent survey shows that nearly one quarter of children and adolescents in Long Beach are reported to be overweight and half of caretakers surveyed indicated they do not always use seatbelts or restraints for their children.
Helping Children’s Hospitals Help Kids
In April 2008, Miller Children’s Hospital and other member hospitals will participate in Together for Kids’ first annual national fundraising campaign, Come Out to Play!—a month-long series of events around the country to raise funds for hospitalized children and to encourage kids and families to take part in active play that’s healthy and safe.
Targeting Accident Prevention, Childhood Obesity
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