FACES of Orange County 2021

Face of Defenders of Childhood – Kimberly Chavalas Cripe

The Face of Defenders of Childhood

Kimberly Chavalas Cripe, CHOC’s President and CEO, leads a mighty brigade of physicians, nurses, researchers, and other professionals dedicated to defending childhood by partnering with parents to keep their kids healthy. Especially during the pandemic.

Before COVID-19 spread throughout Southern California, Kim convened a CHOC command center to ensure a well-coordinated response to protect our county’s children and families. New safety measures, mental health support, and COVID-19 testing centers were promptly implemented. Additionally, CHOC expanded its telehealth capabilities and launched 1-844-GET-CHOC, a free 24/7 nurse helpline to answer pediatric health questions and give parents peace of mind.

With the arrival of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, CHOC is vaccinating eligible children and families, so they can get back to doing what they love: playing sports, celebrating milestones, and hugging grandparents.

CHOC is dedicated to providing safe, high-quality pediatric care, keeping kids and adolescents happy and healthy. Because nothing should put childhood on pause. Learn more at choc.org.




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