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About the Center for Children’s Health

The Center for Children's Health

Center for Children's Health Photo - children standing in ballpark

The Center for Children's Health, led by Cook Children's, is home to the Community-wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS), Community Health Outreach and Community Health Research. The center's goal is to create aligned collaborations that will allow us to make our North Texas region one of the healthiest places to raise a child.

The Community-wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS) helped identify specific child health issues affecting the children in the Cook Children's six county service area. The 2009 survey revealed access to care, asthma, child abuse, dental health, mental health, obesity and safety as the key issues faced by the children in our region. A new study was released in 2012.

Cook Children's Community Health Outreach department (CHO) works together with more than 240 partner organizations to improve the safety and health of at-risk children in our six-county region through education, disease and injury prevention and advocacy. CHO selects issues based on health needs assessments and data collected through CCHAPS and other local organizations.

Learn more about the Cook Children's led coalitions serving our children.

Children's Oral Health Coalition
The Children's Oral Health Coalition works to improve the oral health of children in Tarrant County, especially underserved children.

Healthy Children Coalition for Parker County
The Healthy Children Coalition for Parker County coalition focuses on identifying positive nutrition and fitness solutions to address the local concern for children's physical health and childhood obesity in Parker County.

Homeless Initiative
Cook Children's works with local elected officials and shelter staff in Fort Worth and Arlington to help homeless children receive consistent medical care at Cook Children's Neighborhood Clinics.

Immunization Collaboration
Cook Children's Medical Center co-founded the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in 1991 so that more children could get immunizations and help improve the immunization rate locally.

Hood County for Healthy Children
The Hood County for Healthy Children coalition focuses on child abuse prevention in Hood County.

Johnson County Alliance for Healthy Kids
The Johnson County Alliance for Healthy Kids is focusing on good nutrition and physical activity as a means to prevent childhood obesity in Johnson County.

Mental Health Connection
Cook Children's helped create the Mental Health Connection (MHC) to find gaps in health services in our community and to help fill those gaps with better mental health services in Tarrant County.

Safe Kids Tarrant County
Safe Kids Tarrant County is dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury which is the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.

Save a Smile
Save a Smile is an innovative, nationally recognized, collaborative program dedicated to providing restorative and preventive dental care to low-income children in the community through volunteer dentists.

Wellness Alliance for Total Children's Health (WATCH)
Members of WATCH are focusing on improving access to children's mental health services and promoting excellence among providers of children's mental health services in Denton County.

Wise Coalition for Healthy Children
The Wise Coalition of Healthy Children focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity in Wise County.