The things that influence one’s health or one’s poor health include educational attainment, poverty, and the conditions of neighborhoods. And if we are going to make a difference in the health of our children, we need to think about those factors as much as we are thinking about whether or not somebody got the right prescription.
— Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, The American Heart Association; Co-Chair, Health and Wellness Alliance for Children
The Alliance brings community partners together to address social and economic factors that affect children’s health. We improve community health by influencing things upstream from the healthcare setting, such as:
What's at stake? A lot more than health. Despite its business and philanthropic wealth, certain North Texas regions have the worst health indicators in the country. For instance, we have high rates of chronic conditions, such as asthma, obesity and diabetes. And poor health is linked to other issues — such as education and poverty. By working to improve the health and well-being of our children, the Alliance is seeking to avert the greatest tragedy — the potential loss of a productive, healthy future.
Let's keep our eyes on the prize. The Alliance envisions: