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CCHAPS ranks high among presentations to {BOLD} Leaders

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Following a highly-rated presentation at a recent national conference, leaders of children’s hospitals are ready to take valuable lessons from the Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS) process back to their communities.


Oval: “The work you are doing is very exciting and exemplary. You are providing leadership for the whole field of children’s hospitals.”
¬Lawrence A. McAndrews, president and CEO of NACHRI
Rick Merrill, president and CEO of Cook Children’s Health Care System, and Larry Tubb, senior vice president for Cook Children’s System Planning, presented “From Strategy to Benefit: A Promise for a Healthy Future” at the {BOLD} Leaders Annual Meeting of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) held in Orlando, Florida October 11-14, 2009. An organization of children's hospitals in the United States and other countries, NACHRI promotes the health and well-being of all children and their families through support of children's hospitals and health systems that are committed to excellence in providing health care to children. 


At the conference, the CCHAPS messages included tips for linking community assessment findings with strategic planning in their health care systems, conducting focus groups with parents and children to provide context for survey results and engaging the health and social services communities in the assessment process. 


The {BOLD} Leaders NACHRI Annual Meeting was designed for chief executive officers, chief nursing officers, chief operating officers, medical directors and board trustees from freestanding children’s hospitals, specialty hospitals and children’s hospitals within hospitals, to become innovative champions for children’s health. 


Some of the attendees at the {BOLD} Leaders conference presentation noted that the CCHAPS presentation was “the best of the NACHRI sessions,” an “outstanding presentation,” and it “should have been a keynote type presentation.”  Based on this overwhelmingly positive response, attendees reported intentions to implement children’s focus groups and reproduce the survey process in their own communities. Oval: Save the Date

Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS)


9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Norris Conference Center
Specifically, they expressed strong interest in following the CCHAPS process through 2010 and beyond to learn about the long-term results from community initiatives that are developed. 


CCHAPS was also featured with several other health assessment processes around the country in the fall 2009 issue of Children’s Hospitals Today, published by NACHRI. The article emphasized the growing need for children’s health assessments and outlined how CCHAPS will fill the data gaps in our service region and provide a community vehicle for sharing information about children’s health issues. 


It is especially gratifying for CCHAPS to receive national recognition this early in the process and the positive response from our peers in children’s health care provides additional fuel to our excitement about the Child Health Summit in January. During this holiday season, we are especially thankful to be able to use the CCHAPS process in our region to help NACHRI achieve its vision of a society in which all the nation’s children achieve their health potential.







Cook Children’s Health Care System is a not-for-profit, nationally recognized pediatric health care organization comprised of six entities – a Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, 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 and 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.