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Learn More about Wise Coalition for Healthy Children

Wise Coalition for Healthy Children

Wise Coalition for Healthy Children photo of girls on learn more pageVision: All Wise County children have the opportunity to grow in a safe and loving environment, free of abuse and neglect.

The problem

Abused children are more likely to have:

Wise Coalition for Healthy Children (WCHC) strategic plan objectives

Taking action

Wise Coalition for Healthy Children (WCHC) members researched and decided to focus on the below promising and evidence-based programs in Wise County that assist parents and other caregivers by providing healthy parenting and nurturing skills. The group is planning to partner with community agencies to expand parenting skills training and support services.

The Period of PURPLE Crying®

Wise Regional Health System, a coalition member, obtained funding for implementation of the Period of PURPLE Crying program for two years for families served at the hospital. With the goal of preventing shaken baby syndrome, the program trains new parents in the phases and causes of newborn crying and provides ideas for soothing infants.

2-1-1 Texas

In collaboration with the United Way of Tarrant County, WCHC members are working with local family service agencies in Wise County to ensure they are included in the 2-1-1 Texas database. 2-1-1 Texas is a Texas Health and Human Services Commission program that provides citizens with accurate and easy-to-find information from more than 60,000 state and local health and human services programs. Including this information is another way that WCHC supports families as they look for needed resources.

Wise County Health Fair

WCHC coalition members distributed educational materials on healthy parenting and child abuse prevention at the annual Wise County Health Fair, sponsored by the Wise County Health Forum and United Way of Wise County. The coalition developed an evaluation method to assess the impact of the information the health fair participants receive.

For more information, contact Marsha Waters, coordinator, Regional Outreach Service, Community Health Outreach, Cook Children’s, 682-885-3069 or Marsha.Waters@cookchildrens.org.