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Remembering Dr. Joe Kiser, Our Founder

Dr. Kiser with a young patient in the 1970s   It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Children’s HeartLink’s founder Joseph Kiser, M.D. Dr. Kiser, 86, died at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife Laura and his little dog “Fred Kiser” by his side. … Continued

Fundraise for Children with Heart Disease 

Last year we served over 135,000 children with heart disease around the world, thanks to our supporters. With your help, we can reach even more children next year. It takes just minutes to start a fundraiser! You can raise money for your birthday, an athletic challenge/event, or for any reason or occasion that is important … Continued

Ezequiel: Before and After 

When Ezequiel was born at a small hospital in Brazil, no one realized that he was not in perfect health. His skin turned blue a few days after he was born, and he was suddenly very sick. He was sent to our partner hospital in Fortaleza, where he was diagnosed with a heart defect. Ezequiel had … Continued

Our Work To Improve Health Systems

Our medical team training to improve care for children with heart disease is not the only work we do to save lives. We also help to strengthen health systems in the countries where we work. India and Malaysia are two countries where we started engaging with health policymakers to advocate on behalf of children with heart … Continued

Children’s HeartLink’s Video Receives Pulitzer Center/CUGH Award

We’re thrilled that our short film about a young Vietnamese girl named Phuc (FOOK), her mother, and her pioneering cardiologist Dr. Phuc was awarded the Pulitzer Center/CUGH 2019 Award for Best Global Health Advocacy Film. This story is about an active and loving schoolgirl from Ho Chi Minh City who likes to ride her bike, draw … Continued

50 Years Blog: For the Sake of Three Little Children

This postcard was sent from Da Nang, Vietnam, in 1975, when U.S. mission organizations had to evacuate “because of deteriorating conditions” in the region   “Eight weeks away from home and work – for the sake of three little children…” This is the first line of a typewritten letter from 1969 when children from Vietnam … Continued

Optum Creates Database for Children’s HeartLink

We have an ambitious plan to train more medical teams each year, to provide high-quality care for children with heart disease in underserved countries. For effective planning and results, we track data about our training in our partner hospitals and their progress. UnitedHealth Group’s division Optum selected Children’s HeartLink to participate in the OptumInsight Impact pro … Continued

Get to Know Heather Hudnut Page, Children’s HeartLink’s New Board Chair

Heather: I am passionate about global health, increasing access to care and pediatric heart disease Heather and her family   Our board of directors has an important role as advocates to help advance our mission – to train medical teams in underserved parts of the world to treat children with heart disease. Heather Hudnut Page has … Continued

Our Top Five Stories from 2018

As we move into a milestone year, our 50th year as an organization, we are growing and expanding to save more children with heart disease. Thanks to the commitment and help of our friends and supporters, 2018 was another successful year. These are our top stories from 2018: 1. Four New Partnerships in Brazil, Malaysia, … Continued

Welcome to Our Board of Directors, Susan Gebelein and Dr. Mark Lewin

We’re happy to welcome returning board member Susan Gebelein and new member Mark Lewin, M.D., to our board of directors. “Sue and Mark bring enthusiasm for our mission and deep expertise in their fields, which will be extremely important to us during this period of growth, as we expand to reach more children with heart disease,” says Children’s HeartLink President Jackie … Continued