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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Better together

Diverse perspectives, more inclusive ideas, healthier outcomes, stronger communities.

Diversity, equity and inclusion, three words often spoken as one, but what do they really mean? Diversity refers to the traits and characteristics that make people unique. Equity is the result of removing barriers to provide a fair and just environment for all. Inclusion refers to the behaviors and social norms that ensure people feel welcome.

At Cook Children’s, diversity, equity and inclusion are more than mere words, they are the core of who we are. We celebrate qualities that make each person unique, and embrace all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, disabilities, religious practices, or socioeconomic status. We are also working every day to ensure that we are creating equitable opportunities for our current and future staff members. As a pediatric health care system, we’re also committed to initiatives that strive for health equity for all children and their families. Improving the lives of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.

Racism and prejudices of any kind are social determinants to health with impacts that can last throughout the person's lifetime and harms our community and the families we care for on a daily basis. We strongly encourage tolerance and understanding for all, and we understand the importance of moving forward in a spirit of love and community.


Health Equity

Every child deserves the best quality of life possible. We realize that there are many societal disparities that impact the physical and mental health of children. Cook Children's health equity intiatives are designed to reduce and eliminate as many health disparities as possible at the local, state and national level. Driven by our Promise, which is the guiding principle for Cook Children's, we have a responsibility to advocate for quality health care and healthy communities.

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Center for Children's Health

The Center for Children's Health focuses on community health outreach and research programs designed to make our North Texas region one of the healthiest places to raise a child across all communities regardless of socioeconomic status.

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Neighborhood Clinics

We believe that all children deserve access to the best pediatric health care possible. Our community-based neighborhood clinics are staffed by board-certified pediatricians and provide low-income families with well-child and sick visits, vaccines, behavioral health and supportive resources from birth through adolescence.

Neighborhood Clinics

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Affordable care

No child should have to go without quality health care. Cook Children's Health Plan provides low-cost or no-cost health insurance to more than 110,000 low-income families through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). We also help families find financial assistance, and resources to provide the support they need.

Financial assistance

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Advocacy

Children are a very big part of our world. But when it comes to their health, they have very small voices. For this reason, it's our responsibility to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves.

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Homeless initiative

In 2008, Cook Children’s began sending sheltered homeless children to one of the Cook Children’s Neighborhood Clinics so they could get primary and preventive care. That care continues today. We also offer case management services to minimize the negative effect that being homeless can have on a child.

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Mental health

Recognizing the need for mental health for children and teens, Cook Children’s helped establish the Mental Health Connection (MHC) to find gaps in health services in our community and to help fill those gaps with better mental health services in for children in our communities.

Mental Health Connection


Culture of Care

At Cook Children's we believe our staff should be reflective of our community. This expands our ability to serve our patients, families and communities. It also enriches our culture and expands our knowledge of the health issues children face and widens our ability to continually improve the care we deliver.

  • Commitment to hiring the very best talent in pediatric care
  • We're a proud partner of diversitynursing.com
  • Dedicated diversity and inclusion courses for staff for nearly two decades
  • Family Advisory Councils made up of Cook Children's staff and parents whose children are or have been patients and offer feedback and guidance so that we may continually improve the services and support families need.

Prejudice and racism can have long-term impacts on a child's mental and physical well-being. Finding the right words to say when talking to kids about these issues can sometimes feel overwhelming. To help, we've gathered some information to help families, and even communities, begin those conversations.


Meet Our Chief Diversity Officer

Winifred King

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I believe stories have the power to create empathy and allow us to see others through a different lens than our own. I want the entire health care system to be thinking about how their actions, their work, and their speech impacts others negatively and positively.
Winifred King

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