Online Program

A six-county community-wide children's health assessment and planning survey: The process and the strategy for continuation

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Jacquelynn Meeks, DrPH MBA MPH, The Center for Children's Health, Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX
Background: In 2006 Cook Children's Health Care System made a bold step to move beyond the care of ill or injured children to the promotion of health in all children in the communities they served. This area defined by Medicaid consists of six counties in North Texas. This is one of the fastest growing areas of the nation. In 2011, the Center for Children's Health was formed to support the survey process, community health outreach, and research. Methods: The organization began with community listening sessions and focus groups to help inform and develop the Community-Wide Children's Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS)1 that was launched in 2008 to obtain the parent's perception regarding child health and wellness. Special efforts were made to get information from the homeless population and the non-English speaking Latino population. The survey was distributed a second time in 2012. Results: From this effort a wealth of information has been distributed to the community through regional and county -specific summits; and coalitions in each of the six counties have begun to address community identified issues. Six topics have surfaced: Obesity (Child Nutrition and Physical Activity), Asthma, Mental Health (Emotional Wellness), Dental Care, Child Abuse/Prevention, and Safety. Conclusion: It is possible to have a hospital lead effort to promote child wellness that finds its strength and success in community lead coalitions. We realize the importance of sharing our experience, tools, and research. We promote the use of evidence-based programs to improve the lives of children.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process from survey development through the formation of the community coalitions and research Share the survey tool and provide lessons learned. Discuss the opportunities for collaborations locally, regionally, and nationally.

Keyword(s): Children's Health, Community Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the primary writer and the Director of Health Research for the Center for Children's Health. As a former health deparmtent director for St. Louis County and Maricopa County this continues my interest in community-wide research and population health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.