In 2013, Children’s Medical Center did a health assessment for the communities it serves. It includes comprehensive data, such as demographic, socioeconomic, child and adolescent health indicators and health care resources. The Children’s Medical Center community includes Dallas and Collin Counties.
Based on that Community Health Assessment of 2013, Children’s has chosen several areas it will focus its resources on and integrate into its plan for the future:
- Access to Care/Appropriate Utilization of Emergency Services
- Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases
- Improve Education & Economic Security Indicators for Children
- Support and Expansion of Infrastructure for Public Health
- Child Advocacy and Safety
Community Health Needs Assessment Information
In 2011, 30 percent of Dallas County’s 670,000 children lived in families who were surviving under the poverty level. Poverty is the common factor in poor academic achievement, higher exposure to crime, domestic abuse and emotional distress. Without access to preventive health care, impoverished children also suffer from illnesses that could have been avoided.
The study found that 16.4% of children in Dallas were uninsured and 9.7% were uninsured in Collin. When children don’t have health insurance, they are more likely to receive care in the emergency room than those who are covered, and that is always more expensive. In 2010, 90 percent of emergency-room visits for children in Dallas County were preventable, primary-care treatable or non-emergency, which cost $200 million in medical costs.
Unintentional injury was the number one leading cause of death for all age groups for children 0 to 17 years of age in 2006-2007. Overall, nearly one in five (18.7%, 167 children) child deaths could have been prevented.
Download the full Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF) here.