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Be a Part of Our Promise

The Center for Children's Health, led by Cook Children's, works specifically to prevent our children from needing many of the services Cook Children's offers. This may seem counterintuitive, but it's one of the many things Cook Children's does to uphold that very important Promise that guides us each and every day.

Be a part of our Promise

Throughout Cook Children's six-county service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties, coalitions and programs are focusing on the health issues that are of most concern to the parents and caregivers in these areas. These include access to care, asthma, child abuse, childhood obesity, dental health, mental health and overall safety concerns.

From volunteers to financial support, these programs would not be possible without the generous support from our community. Examples of this are woven throughout Cook Children's history.

For instance, in the 1950s, accidental poisonings were all too common among children. One of the biggest problems was not knowing how to combat the issue and get physicians and parents the information they needed quickly. W.I. Cook Memorial Children's Hospital was among the first in Texas to set up a poison control center, offering quick access to lifesaving information for both physicians and parents.

As issues like this were identified by the community, Cook Children's has always been quick to jump in and help. In 1991, the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County was founded by Cook Children's, the Junior Leagues of Fort Worth and Arlington and the Fort Worth and Tarrant County Health Departments so that more children would have access to lifesaving immunizations. The collaboration sponsors low-cost immunization drives in Tarrant County and focuses on raising the immunization rate for children ages 0-2 years.

Safety issues like incorrect car seat installations, continuous accidental poisonings and childhood drownings led to the development of Safe Kids Tarrant County, led by Cook Children's, in 1992. Through Safe Kids Tarrant County, free car seat checks, distribution of medication lock boxes and parent education on drowning prevention are just a few of the coalition's offerings.

Around the same time, lack of understanding regarding dental care's importance for children led to the formation of two groups at Cook Children's, Save a Smile and the Children's Oral Health Coalition.

Homeless Programs

Fast forward a few years and homelessness in Tarrant County was identified as a major problem. These homeless children were not able to visit a doctor regularly because of their unstable surroundings. Cook Children's began working with local homeless shelters to send these children to one of the Cook Children's Neighborhood Clinics so they could get primary and preventive care.

Examples of this continue to shape the culture of Cook Children's. In the last 10 years, programming and educational efforts around child abuse, childhood obesity prevention and mental health issues in children have also been added.

These are not programs that make money. In fact, many of them would not be possible without the support of long-time supporters, like the Woman's Board, Jewel Charity Ball, support from the Cook Children's Health Care System Board and numerous other community and corporate partners.

For more information about Cook Children's community programming, visit cookchildrenspromise.org.

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