The Center for Community Health and Advocacy has numerous programs in the community available to help us meet our vision to make all children in our region happy and healthy! Learn more about these programs below!
dayton asthma alliance
The Dayton Asthma Alliance aims to positively impact the health and wellness of children with asthma in the Dayton area, focusing on the most at-risk populations. Using the Collective Impact framework, the Alliance engages local, state and national members, as well as other partner organizations, to collaboratively implement a variety of strategic actions to improve outcomes for children with asthma.
family resource connection
The Family Resource Connection uses a patient’s visit to the doctor as an opportunity to address non-medical issues that may have an impact on a child’s health. This program screens patient families for social needs and then identified families are referred to an Advocate working in the Dayton Children’s Hospital Family Resource Connection for resource connection and follow-up.
Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability to children in the United States. Dayton Children’s is dedicated to preventing childhood injury in our region. The Center for Child Health and Wellness recognizes the power of partnership to keep kids in our community safe and works within our community to reduce instances of injury.
kinship navigator program
The kinship navigator program, in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services, aims to empower and stabilize kinship families so children in kinship care can thrive.
Through positive interactions and programming, the kinship navigator program assists caregiving families to find and develop stable and consistent relationships with relative or non-relative children they are caring for within their homes. Kinship relationships are important because they provide children with the support they need to stay healthy, maintain relationships and grow in a supportive environment.
Reaching beyond the walls of the hospital to improve health naturally includes partnering with schools. Dayton Children’s partners with local schools in a variety of ways to improve both health and educational outcomes.
OhioKAN: Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program
Dayton Children’s Hospital is proud to be partnered with OhioKAN, a statewide flexible and responsive kinship and adoption navigator program designed to assist children, caregivers and families. With the support of dedicated Dayton Children’s staff, OhioKAN’s 100% free services will help kinship and adoptive families in the following counties navigate and connect with all of the resources available locally and statewide:
For more information and helpful resources, as well as a directory of other regional partners serving other areas of Ohio, please visit the OhioKAN website. Families can connect with a navigator by calling 1-844-OHIO-KAN.
Montgomery County Imagination Library
Pre-literacy and literacy skills are essential to kindergarten readiness and educational success. In December 2019, Dayton Children’s announced the launch of the Montgomery County Imagination Library through a partnership with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This innovative approach promotes early literacy skills for children ages 0 to 5 by providing a free book mailed each month to all children signed up for the program.
We know 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs in the first five years of life, and that’s why programs such as the Imagination Library are so critical to positive outcomes for children. Dayton Children’s invests in early childhood development because it improves our economic competitiveness by setting people up to be successful in college and their careers.
Through support from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and generous sponsors, the program is available for children in Montgomery County and throughout Ohio.
Funds for the Montgomery County Imagination Library are administered through a component fund of The Dayton Foundation. Individuals and organizations can donate here.
To enroll a child, four years old or younger, visit https://www.ohioimaginationlibrary.com/enroll.
Read more about our efforts and successes over the past year in the Imagination Library Annual Report.
Read more about the Montgomery County Imagination Library here: