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 Executive Director Cheryl McCarver met today with USDA Administrator of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Audrey Rowe, along with Margaret Lopez, Dallas ISD Executive Director of Food and Nutrition Services, and other local community stakeholders. They discussed local victories in overcoming food insecurity and encouraging healthy eating. Attendees focused on several local initiatives that […]
As representatives of Children’s Health, the Alliance has joined health care systems and community organizations from five major cities across the country in the national Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative. The purpose of the collaborative is to reduce the frequency and impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which negatively affect children’s health. To achieve this goal, members […]
Thanks to the efforts of the Alliance’s Asthma – Physical Environments Working Group, the University of Texas School of Public Health and EPA Region 6 hosted a healthy housing training for residents and community leaders of ZIP code 75216. The training helped attendees identify root causes of health conditions like asthma that are influenced by the environment […]