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At Children’s Health℠, our primary concern every hour of every day is with the health and well-being of all children. So each year, we provide a number of programs to keep our community’s kids healthy and safe.

Dallas-Area Safe Kids Coalition

More than a decade ago, Children’s Health formed the Dallas-Area Safe Kids Coalition—the local chapter of Safe Kids Worldwide—to prevent childhood injuries, the leading cause of death in Texas in children ages 1 to 14. Campaign efforts target the use of car seats, bicycle safety, drowning prevention and public policies advocating child safety. 

Dental Outreach

In 2006, the dental service at Children’s Health started an outreach program at three community prenatal clinics in Dallas. Every other week, hygienists from Children’s Health go to the clinics and provide oral health education and dental health promotion materials to all interested expecting mothers.

Disease Management Programs

The Disease Management and Wellness Department at Children’s Health improves quality of life through education and proactive self-management programs. The programs offer access to evidence-based care and multidisciplinary support that is needed for the management of chronic conditions, such as:

Many of our disease management programs have been awarded disease-specific certification by The Joint Commission, the nation's predominant accrediting and certifying body for healthcare.

Get A Move On

Children’s Health is a sponsor of Get A Move On, a city-wide fitness initiative and awareness campaign that is organized by a coalition of community partners. As a member of this coalition, our staff members provide fitness presentations to more than 10,000 students in 157 elementary schools across Dallas. 

Know Before You Go

Children's Health℠ is partnering with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Alliance Data, the Dallas Area Safe Kids Coalition and IPSSA on the Know Before You Go drowning prevention campaign to educate families about the dangers of drowning and the rules of water safety.

The Know Before You Go program spreads the message that every drowning is preventable when parents take appropriate precautions. Tips on how to stay safe in the water are taught, as are demonstrations on proper CPR techniques and the use of flotation devices. 

Reaching out to support the families of our communities is at the heart of the Children’s mission. Ensuring the safety and the well-being of all children through community programs that are developed and/or conducted by our pediatric-trained experts is a top priority for our hospital, our employees and our medical staff. 

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages one to four, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Each year emergency rooms treat 3,500 children for near-drowning incidents.

The three main points of the campaign center on:

  • Test & Teach: YMCAs offer free swim assessments to test a child’s swimming skills.
  • Watch & Guard: Assign an adult to supervise all pool activities, and create barriers around a pool.
  • Throw, Don’t Go: Throw a flotation device or use a pole to reach a drowning child or adult. Never jump in the water to attempt to save someone who is drowning.

Free swimming safety presentations are available for schools, churches or community groups.  The initiative also conducts drowning prevention presentations throughout the community.

Another program under the Know Before You Go umbrella is Make a Splash. Certified YMCA lifeguards and swim instructors from the Dallas YMCA go into low-income apartment complexes to offer free swim lessonsto children.

The Know Before You Go program is working with the Safe Kids Worldwide global network to create a professional curriculum that could become the model for all Safe Kids water safety programs.

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