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.
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 […]
Neighborhood Builders, a leadership program sponsored by Bank of America, selected the Alliance and Children’s Health as a high-performing non-profit. The Alliance received $200,000 in flexible funding and an invitation for leadership to participate in the Neighborhood Builders collaborative. Alliance Executive Director Cheryl McCarver and Senior Director Teresa Sheffield traveled to Charlotte to attend the […]
The Alliance’s Dallas Steering Committee, which includes community leaders from a diverse cross-section of organizations, met recently to discuss opportunities to align the Alliance’s strategy with national initiatives such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health movement and the County Health Rankings. Dallas Steering Committee Co-Chairs Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention for […]