About Us

For 30 years Children’s Health Fund has provided high quality clinical services to children in some of the most underserved communities in the country. CHF regularly goes to more than 200 schools throughout the country every year and has long understood the connection between health and learning. The Healthy and Ready to Learn (HRL) Initiative is the next step.

HRL is a pilot initiative launched by the Children’s Health Fund in three New York City schools in 2014. HRL aims to address undiagnosed and untreated health conditions that undermine the capacity of low-income children to learn and function successfully in school and beyond.

Over the last three years, we have developed materials, protocols and best practices implemented by many of our partners across NYC.  We have worked to refine a model we believe is replicable and adaptable to other schools looking to integrate work to address health barriers to learning.

Based on recognition of the value of the model and the potential impact a scaled up program could have, the New York City Council awarded Children’s Health Fund a contract to develop a Healthy and Ready to Learn Resource and Training Center (HRLRTC). This new platform includes technical assistance, training, and this website.

Our Materials

Program Vision: Healthy, happy, productive lives for kids in New York City

Program Mission: To provide high quality health and education related trainings and materials for NYC families and educators

Our materials are designed to be useful and accessible for parents and educators throughout New York City. New York City is home to families of different financial, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our materials are created with this beautiful diversity in mind. All materials created by Healthy and Ready to Learn have gone through a thorough review process by relevant content experts, including teachers, parents, pediatricians and mental health clinicians.

Our Partners

Healthy and Ready to Learn Advisory Committee

Lemuria Alawode-El
United Way of New York City

Maria Astudillo, LCSW-R
Partnership with Children

Scott Bloom, LCSW-R
Office of School Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Phoebe Christian, MPH
South Bronx Health Center, Montefiore Health System

Kevin Dahill-Fuchel, LCSW
Counseling in Schools

Abelardo Fernandez
The Children's Aid Society

Lisa Flores Parent Coordinator, New York City Department of Education

Sue Fothergill
Attendance Works

Frank Hernandez, M.Ed Principal, New York City Department of Education

Tina Kim Office of School Wellness, New York City Department of Education

Kathy Marshall-Polite
Office of Safety and Youth Development, New York City Department of Education

Allison Mathurin, MS
Guidance Counselor, New York City Department of Education

Rosa McLeish
Public School Grandparent, Harlem

Marie Piazza
Teacher, New York City Department of Education

Roger Platt, MD
Office of School Health
New York City Department of Education
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Jennifer Pringle, JD
NYS-TEACHS at Advocates for Children

Ella Rucker
Public School Parent, Bronx

Nereida Santiago-England, M.Ed
Teacher, New York City Department of Education

Christine Schuch
Community Learning Schools, United Federation of Teachers

Kim Sutell
Office of Safety and Youth Development, New York City Department of Education

Migdalia Vasquez, MSW
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

Mayra Washington, RN
Office of School Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Lukas Weinstein, MSW
National Center for Community Schools, The Children’s Aid Society

Program Partners

New York City Office of School Health

Counseling in Schools

Raising Educational Awareness Coalition of Harlem (REACH)

Meet Our Team

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Karen B. Redlener, MS
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer

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Wenimo Okoya, MPH
Director, Healthy and Ready to Learn

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Nydia Santiago-Galvin, RN
PS 49 Senior Site Manager, Healthy and Ready to Learn

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Emanuela Acquafredda, MPH
Program Manager, Healthy and Ready to Learn

May Erouart, MPH

May Erouart, MPH
Training and Partnerships Manager, Healthy and Ready to Learn

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Ginelle Wynter, M.Ed.
PS 36 Site Manager, Healthy and Ready to Learn

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Lisbeth Guzman
Adminstrative Coordinator

Site Development

Project leadership: Jeb Weisman, PhD.
Project management: Jen Pruitt.
Site design: Michael Pinto.
Application design and coding: Steve Manes.
Front-end: Steve Manes and Marcel Fahle.
Interactive Tools: Bryan Olmstead.