CHI St. Joseph's Children is a faith-based, non-profit organization that is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). Our goal is to insure that children reach kindergarten with the health and family support necessary to support learning.
We have three primary programs: Home Visiting, Referral Services, and Advocacy. We are funded by the proceeds of the 2002 sale of the former St. Joseph Healthcare System in Albuquerque, and through the generous support of countless individuals.
Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. It is a faith-based system that operates in 19 states and includes 105 hospitals; 30 critical access facilities; and two community health-services organizations, of which CHI St. Joseph's Children is one. CHI is the nation's second-largest Catholic health care system.
CHI St. Joseph's Children (CHI SJC) is about children. We are focused on the health of children age 0-5 years. We have adopted the Institute of Medicine’s definition of children’s health: The extent to which individual children or groups of children are able or enabled to: 1) develop and realize their potential; 2) satisfy their needs; and 3) develop the capacities that allow them to interact successfully with their biological, physical, and social environments. CHI SJC is responding to an alarm in New Mexico that represents one of the most urgent needs of our times – the need to give young children a healthy start.
New Mexico ranks 43rd in children’s well-being according to a national reporting system, Kids Count, based on 10 indicators: low birth weight, infant mortality, child mortality, teen death rate, teen birth rate, high school dropout rate, teens not working or in school, underemployed parents, children living in poverty and children in single-parent families. Research has shown that 80% of the brain architecture develops between the ages of 0 and 5 years – and early experiences determine whether a child’s developing brain architecture provides a strong or weak foundation for all future learning, behavior and health.