As cofounder with Dr. Redlener of Children’s Health Fund, I have watched him grapple for more than thirty years with the problem of inadequate health care for our poor and working-class children. In clear, often emotional language, Redlener lays out the costs borne by children and our society of failing to resolve these health access issues. Still an optimistic realist, he offers solutions in The Future of Us that are both feasible and affordable.
In this incredibly personal and readable story of the activist pediatrician who created the big blue bus and brought comprehensive medical care to underserved, at-risk children all over the United States, Redlener argues that by eradicating our differences of opportunity, we can increase the well-being, prosperity, and potential of all Americans. Read this, and become inspired yourself!
This is the book our troubled era has been waiting for. In his beautifully written, fearless exploration of the lives of vulnerable children, Dr. Redlener offers us profound insights into ourselves and our society. The Future of Us is not just wise and wonderful, it’s essential for everyone who cares about the well-being of our children and the nation as a whole.
The Future of Us will inform you, fascinate you, and most of all, inspire you. Join Dr. Irwin Redlener, America’s leading advocate for children’s health, as he makes his life journey from rural America to medical school in Europe and the U.S., to treating America’s poor children in the South during the civil rights era to his remarkable creativity and national leadership in founding and leading the Children’s Health Fund and the Children’s Hospital in New York City. Irwin and his partner and wife Karen have improved the health and life prospects of millions upon millions of children, but Redlener never flags in his efforts to do more, and to remind uswith great urgency and eloquencehow much better we can and must do for America’s and the world’s poor and vulnerable children.
The world needs to listen to the message of the amazing Irwin Redlenerthat every child, no matter where and whom they are born to, deserves a chance in life. It truly is “the future of us.