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Dallas Steering Committee Focuses on Cultural Competency and Policy

Dallas Steering Committee thought leaders recently gathered to learn more about cultural competency, dive into upcoming policy priorities and explore opportunities for applying a family-centered focus. Steering Committee Co-Chair Amy Johnson of the Cooper Institute facilitated the meeting. Alliance Medical Director Dr. Patricia Rodriguez presented a valuable framework by explaining the Cultural Competency initiative at […]

Dallas ISD Earns Best of the Bunch Award for Supporting Local Agriculture

Students in Dallas ISD's Bayles Elementary School garden.

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 […]

Alliance Helps Garland ISD Surpass State Standards in School Health

Louise Gartrell Garland ISD

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 […]

Explore Proven Tools for Building Community Resilience


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 […]

Help Us Recruit Eligible Families for the 1,000 Communities Campaign

1000 Communities Campaign Home Remediation

Housing conditions can have serious health effects for the 60,000 children living with asthma in Dallas. To help these children breathe easier, the Alliance has partnered with the National Center for Healthy Housing,Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas. Together with these organizations, the Alliance will improve the indoor and outdoor conditions of […]

Collin County Steering Committee Moves Forward with Community Resource Network

Collin County Steering Committee Members

Collin County Steering Committee thought leaders recently came together at a meeting hosted by Karla Oliver of Plano ISD to explore next steps for the Good Neighbors Community Cooperative Network, aimed at streamlining the process of accessing community resources. They first reviewed process maps from five Collin County community-based organizations (CBOs), which illustrated how each CBO handles intake […]

Alliance Executive Director Honored with Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leaders Award

Cheryl McCarver wins DBJ Minority Leader Award.

The Dallas Business Journal has recognized Alliance Vice President and Executive Director Cheryl McCarver with a Minority Business Leaders Award. The awards program recognizes outstanding executives who are making an impact on our community, and this year’s honorees come from diverse sectors. As Vice President and Executive Director of the Alliance, McCarver brings a tireless dedication […]

New White Paper Highlights Alliance’s Role in Convening Policy Advocates


Children’s Health recently published a white paper about its groundbreaking school-based telehealth network, which served about 4,000 patients in only two years. To achieve this success, Children’s Health first had to find a way to financially sustain the program. Acting as a convener, the Alliance played a key role in achieving that goal. A key challenge of building […]

Advocate for Eliminating Food Deserts in South Dallas

Healthy Corner Store Apples

    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 […]