At CFH, the foundation of all the work we do is a basic principle: We believe that homelessness is a condition, not a characteristic of a person. This distinction is important since homelessness is a condition, we can treat it. Your support will provide critical health care treatment that ends episodes of homelessness.
My name is Natalie Boehm, and I am the President and Founder of The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation. Our mission is to provide the advocacy and educational resources needed to the epilepsy community and our society. My goal as the founder is to educate and create resources to help create better economic and educational opportunities for people with epilepsy and help to improve their quality of life.
50 years ago, Tribal leaders created NIHB to ensure Tribal perspectives and priorities were heard and considered as the nation developed federal health policy. NIHB continues that work today, fighting for our People’s healthcare, for needed health system funding, and for public health resources. We work on legislation, regulations, policies and programs that impact Tribal health while we communicate the latest information to Indian Country. Ever protecting Tribal Sovereignty and advancing the Trust Responsibility, NIHB is your healthcare warrior in the Nation’s Capital.
In June 2017, 11-year-old Kyrn was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in her right leg and immediately had to undergo intense inpatient chemotherapy at St. Luke’s Children’s. Following months of chemotherapy and time spent in her “second home,” Kyrn underwent surgery for a full distal femur replacement at Primary Children’s in Utah. After the procedure, Kyrn returned to Idaho where she continued to receive chemotherapy and learned how to walk again. Six months later, she was able to ring the bell at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute, celebrating the start of a new chapter for her and her family.
Immunization is one of the greatest public health achievements in hundreds of years. Over the years, we have been able to protect children and adults against polio, measles, chicken pox, tetanus, shingles, and even certain types of cancers. Immunize El Paso, through its clinics and outreach efforts, bring life-saving vaccines to neighborhoods and other identified pockets of need. Public health leaders have studied Immunize El Paso as a best-practice model for school-based vaccination clinics and outreach efforts.
Carter Ballard had his first open heart surgery at nine days old and had his second at eight months old. Diagnosed with multiple heart defects, Carter received a tracheostomy tube shortly before his first birthday.
After spending the first year of his life in a hospital ward, Carter was admitted to Bethany Children’s Health Center in July of 2020, dependent on a ventilator and feeding tube. Carter’s mom, Charlee, says, “Carter wasn’t able to sit up. He was basically bed bound. He didn’t have a lot of muscle and had no motor skills at all.”