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The Center for Children's Health

About the Center for Children's Health

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Injury prevention. Illness prevention.

Our vision is to make the North Texas region one of the healthiest places to raise a child.


The Center for Children's Health, led by Cook Children's, focuses specifically on the prevention of injury and illness to make our North Texas region one of the healthiest places to raise a child. The center is home to the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which provides children’s health data to guide community programs and collaborations in our service region (Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties). These efforts help fulfill Cook Children’s Promise to our community to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.


Improving the health of North Texas children

Community programs

The Center for Children's Health is proud to lead community coalitions in our six-county region that are dedicated to improving children's health in the specific community they serve. These coalitions include:


Health issues

Based on our Community-wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS) conducted in 2008, we have identified six health issues impacting the children in our six-county area:


Community and professional events

Center programs and coalitions provide opportunities for professionals and parents to learn prevention tips on a variety of topics to keep children safe and healthy:


Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) data

Every three years, Cook Children's conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to identify the health needs of children in our community. Our CHNA includes a parent survey (Community wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey), a review of facts from government and other health organizations, as well as input from community leaders regarding their views on children's health. The CHNA results help guide us, along with our community partners, in developing solutions that address the most important issues.

CCHAPS plays a key role in our community health needs assessment. The assessment includes a review of facts from government and other health organizations, as well as input from community leaders regarding their views on children's health.

We use the information and survey results to track our progress over time and to help Cook Children's and other nonprofit organizations, governments and churches in our area better serve children and families.

Access child health data


Community Health Needs Assessment Report and Implementation Strategies

Public comment on this report is encouraged and should be sent via email to: chnafeedback@cookchildrens.org.

Learn more about CCHAPS

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