improving health and wellness
Have you heard the phrase "a person’s health is determined more by zip code than genetic code?" That phrase has become popular because we now know that a significant portion of what contributes to a child’s wellness is related to the family with whom they live and the environment in which they are raised.
Consider a child with asthma who may receive medication and education from a pediatrician however lives in a home with mold, pests and secondhand smoke which cause his or her asthma to be uncontrolled. There exist social determinants of health such as poverty, lack of quality affordable housing, exposure to violence and neglect, and food insecurity that are critical to detracting from a child’s health and wellbeing.
Dayton Children’s created the Center for Community Health and Advocacy to realign and elevate clinical programs providing a greater focus on primary and preventative care and community engagement programs aimed at improving the health of children beyond the walls of the hospital. The Center for Community Health and Advocacy puts our children’s health agenda in focus emphasizing our commitment to improving the health status of all children and underscoring our commitment to the most vulnerable populations and health disparities.
Through this innovative model, the Center for Community Health and Advocacy integrates our primary care clinic, Dayton Children’s Pediatrics , foster/kinship care programs, complex care clinic and Healthy Me clinic with programs addressing the social determinants of health including the Family Resource Connection, the Dayton Asthma Alliance, injury prevention programs and other community based programs to ensure children have healthy and safe places for children to live learn and play.