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CCHAPS regional workshop focuses on Results-Based Accountability

Summer has just begun and it looks like a busy one for the CCHAPS team! We recently held our second annual regional workshop and want to thank everyone for their attendance and participation. The initial results from our 2012 survey are back and we are excited about sharing them with you at the third annual Child Health Summit in October. Stay tuned for more information about the event in the next coming months.

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous June,
The CCHAPS team

CCHAPS regional workshop focuses on Results-Based Accountability

CCHAPS regional workshop focuses on Results-Based Accountability™

Community stakeholders from our six-county service area recently came together for the second annual Community-wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS) regional workshop on June 4.

The workshop was held in conjunction with Community Health Improvement Week. Community Health Improvement Week (June 3-9) is a national recognition event to raise awareness and increase understanding of community health improvement activities and the people and organizations that lead them.

Trying Hard Is Not Good EnoughThe featured speaker for the workshop was Karen M. Finn, M.Ed., a partner and senior Consultant with Results Leadership Group (RLG). The topic of the workshop was Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) as presented in the book "Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough" by Mark Friedman. Finn is highly experienced in RBA and performance metrics, particularly in the areas of children, youth, family and health policy.

RBA is a framework that helps communities turn data into action. It helps by defining specific results, identifying signs of success and guiding on how to continuously improve services.

The goal of the workshop was to introduce attendees to a framework that allows organizations to identify the impact they are working towards and improve the performance of their organization.

The workshop began with an explanation of the key principles of RBA which include:

  • Working effectively with partners through a common language and comprehensive strategies.
  • Starting at the end and focusing on where you want to go.
  • Identifying the appropriate level of accountability: population or broader community or service system, agency or program.
  • Working backwards from desired outcome.
  • Asking effective questions to quickly get from talking to taking action.

After walking attendees through each of the principles, Finn engaged the audience in interactive discussions and table activities in order to further explain the principles of and process for turning data into action.

By the end of the workshop, attendees walked away with an introduction to a valuable measurement framework. This will be particularly useful as each of the regional coalitions begin to implement their strategic plans and identify ways to measure their activities and successes.

Introducing our Regional Coordinators

The work of each of the regional coalitions would not be possible without the help from our Regional Coordinators. Each of our regional coordinators work tirelessly in the counties they represent to provide leadership and support as these coalitions lay the groundwork for their strategic plans.

Marsha Waters Marsha Waters
Hood and Johnson Counties Regional Coordinator, Community Health Outreach
Marsha Waters most recently worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services and helped county judges, businesses and community stakeholders strengthen local public health systems in counties without a local health department. She worked with communities to conduct public health system assessments and develop health improvement plans based on assessment findings. Waters also coordinated public health marketing events to support community efforts such as National Wear Red Day and National Public Health Week. 
Mark Heilman Mark Heilman
Wise and Parker Counties Regional Coordinator, Community Health Outreach
Mark Heilman recently served as a program coordinator with ACH Child & Family Services in Fort Worth, managing a program for families with special needs children in Tarrant, Parker, Wise and Johnson counties. Previously, he was an assistant program manager with Cedars Youth Services, working with at-risk and refugee children, youth and caregivers. He brings experience in adult education, volunteer recruitment and management and community collaboration.
Jeremiah Salmon Jeremiah Salmon
Denton County Regional Coordinator, Community Health Outreach
Jeremiah Salmon is the latest addition to the Regional Outreach team.  He is no stranger to Cook Children’s as he recently served as the Injury Prevention Project Assistant in the Community Health Outreach department.  Jeremiah has a Master of Public Health degree and brings experience with community networking, assessment and data analysis to the Regional Outreach team. 

Upcoming Events

  • September 7 - 8: Pediatric Trauma Workshop
  • October 9: The 3rd Annual Child Health Summit

Stay tuned for more information on the third annual Child Health Summit where will we announce the results from our 2012 survey.


Cook Children's Health Care System is a not-for-profit, nationally recognized pediatric health care organization comprised of seven entities — a Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan and Health Foundation. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the integrated system has more than 60 primary and specialty care offices throughout North Texas. Its service region includes Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties, with an additional referral area encompassing nearly half the state.

Cook Children's is leading a monumental endeavor to fully understand the current state of children's health and to better focus on improving the health and well-being of children in our area. The effort, known as the Community-wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS), is the first known project focusing solely on the overall health status of children. Cook Children's Community Health Outreach and System Planning staff are collaborating to steer the CCHAPS process.

The ultimate goal of the CCHAPS initiative is to benefit the community in which we live by joining with community partners in an effort to improve children's health.

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