1 in 5 Kids is Counting on You!
Today, 1 out of every 5 children in the US has a special healthcare need. In New York alone, that translates to more than 800,000 children.
Children with special healthcare needs are challenged with a wide array of conditions-many stemming from premature birth, chronic illness, or severe injury. While their conditions vary, they all share the need for excellent care and access to resources. Unfortunately, due to socio-economic barriers and limited programs and resources, many children do not receive the type of care they need, resulting in significantly diminished quality of life.
Today, there is a greater urgency than ever before to help shape a better future for children with special healthcare needs and their families. As a national leader in pediatric care, St. Mary’s launched a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness and support for 1 in 5 kids.
The goal of 1 in 5 Kids Campaign is to raise awareness and support for children living with special needs, and St. Mary’s needs your help. There are many ways you can get involved, from planning a fundraising event, coordinating a food or clothing drive, writing letters to legislators, joining our yearly events of activities, or just advocating for 1 in 5 kids.
- INFORM- Raise awareness of the prevalence of children with special needs
- ENGAGE- Build connections with key opinion leaders, advocacy groups, and influencers in children’s health
- SUPPORT- Build financial, political, and grass roots support to improve care options and resources for children with special needs and their families.