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.
Dallas ISD’s Food and Nutrition Services department was recently honored with a Best of the Bunch Award from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). The award recognizes outstanding participation in the 2016 Local Products Challenge, which encourages schools to use more Texas products in school meals and implement the Farm Fresh Fridays program. These objectives dovetail […]
Alayna Sublette of Children at Risk, Emily Russell of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Denise Gomez and Teresa Sheffield of the Alliance backbone team recently represented the Healthy Weight Management – Schools and Afterschool Working Group at the Garland ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The council focused on identifying opportunities for improving the SHAC’s maturity and […]
As members of the Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative, the Alliance is tightly focused on addressing the sources of toxic stress that undermine community resilience and contribute to negative health outcomes. A national initiative, BCR focuses on strategies for communities and hospital systems to address the “pair of ACEs,” that is, Adverse Community Environments and […]