The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children was established by Children's Health and represents a coalition of community-based organizations with a single purpose: improving the health and well-being of children in Dallas and Collin counties.
Sounds ambitious, right? It is. But we have a plan and a 20-year vision where our children have arrived at young adulthood healthy and thriving. We’ll achieve this one step at a time, focusing on specific issues with evidence-based strategies to measurably improve the health and well-being of children in Dallas and Collin counties.
Alliance members are helping to change factors inside and outside of the hospital setting that play a role in the poor health of our children. Using the Collective Impact model, we leverage data to identify the most pressing social, emotional and environmental issues negatively affecting our children. Our goal is to create new models of healthcare that similar coalitions throughout the U.S. can apply to their community’s children.
We can improve the health and well-being of our children. Moreover, we must.
To learn about the work we are doing in Dallas and Collin counties, we invite you to watch this 7-minute video. It explains how our passionate, dedicated partners from many sectors, including social services, school systems, hospitals, government, faith-based organizations and donors, work together toward a common goal.
Children are moving between different environments all day long and being exposed to different social environments, all of which have an impact on their overall well-being. When children visit with a doctor in their office, it’s difficult to assess all the influences contributing to a problem. The Alliance is working on solutions to help doctors understand the “whole
child,” including aspects of their life (social, environmental, relational) that may not directly have to do with their health, but affect it greatly. The key becomes working with these factors rather than around them. That's why no matter which initiatives the Alliance undertakes, now and in the future, we will always approach our work through the lens of the whole child.
Alliance staff recently visited Garland ISD and Grand Prairie ISD to distribute asthma spacers to school nurses who attended a training conducted by the Children’s Health asthma management team. Participating nurses received a supply of asthma spacers, along with educational materials and a list of asthma resources. In total, the Alliance distributed more than 600 asthma spacers. Francis […]
McKinney ISD recently hosted the Collin County Steering Committee,where Committee Chair Rebecca Egelston Caso led a discussion about a pressing challenge that affects the health and well-being of Collin County families: being able to identify and navigate the available support resources in their communities. Through several community-based design sessions, families also shared that they struggle […]
The Alliance’s Asthma – Equipping Children and Families Working Group recently launched Phase Two of its Promotora initiative, in partnership with Brother Bill’s Helping Hand. Promotoras celebrated their graduation from training, and they look forward to working closely with families in their neighborhood. One promotora, who suffers from asthma herself, said, “I grew up with asthma, and I want to […]