Children’s Health Collaborative (CHC)

The Children’s Health Collaborative (CHC) is an initiative of the Community Foundation to ensure every child in Allen County reaches their full potential. CHC is one organization in a collaboration with community partners working hard for children. They advocate for evidence based, community specific initiatives to help children in our community.

CHC is a county wide collaboration in partnership with the Allen County Department of Health and multiple direct service providers. The vision of the Children’s Health Collaborative is to create a system of care where all kids in Allen County are physically, mentally, spiritually healthy and educated to their highest potential. CHC’s mission is to develop multi-disciplinary, integrated solutions to improve the health and well-being of our children that creates a pathway to prosperity for all youth in Allen County. CHC’s area of focus will be on middle and high school aged youth.

The work of CHC has focused on incorporating local pediatric health data and community stakeholder input into the original strategic plan – a plan facilitated by retired Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah A. McMahan, MD – and identifying four key focus areas for 2018 and beyond.

In an effort to create a system of care where all children in Allen County are physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy and educated to their fullest potential, the following initiatives are currently being piloted with several community partners as a part of CHC:

  • Regional Enrichment Centers to offer structured learning opportunities for youth during remote learning days;
  • JumpIN 5210 to promote healthy habits such as physical activity and good nutrition;
  • Well Child Exams to improve access to medical exams via mobile exam units; and,
  • Child Maltreatment task force to facilitate the medical and mental health wellbeing of children who have been substantiated (probable abuse or neglect) by the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) and to provide ongoing consultative services to DCS staff regarding medical issues.

The Community Foundation is proud to be the lead funder of this innovative and collaborative community health initiative. If you would like to learn more about CHC, including how you can get involved or how to make a charitable contribution from your fund to benefit children’s health in Allen County, please give us a call at 260-426-4083!


If you want to learn more about CHC or how you can get involved, contact Antoinette Francher-Donald, Children’s Health Collaborative Director!


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