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.
On Thursday, Feb. 23, Dallas City Council Representative Casey Thomas III is holding a community meeting to discuss eliminating food deserts in South Dallas. The city of Dallas has been evaluating solutions to this problem, including funding the Dallas Healthy Food Retail Initiative (HFRI) through a Community Development Block Grant. This community meeting […]
This year the Alliance is aligning its efforts with the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation (RWJF) County Health Rankings and Roadmap, a nationally recognized population-health model that acknowledges the role of education as a significant social determinant of health. That’s why Peter Roberts, president of population health and insurance services for Children’s Health, shared what Children’s Health […]
The Alliance is pleased to welcome Dr. Patricia Rodriguez as medical director. Dr. Rodriguez brings a dedication to improving population health, which is central to the Alliance’s mission. With an eye toward culturally competent care and the social determinants of health, Dr. Rodriguez is committed to helping medical providers, community organizations and other stakeholders rethink the […]