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Health Summit planned for Thursday

The Second Denton County Child Health Summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn of Denton, 3110 Colorado Blvd.

The summit hosted by the Wellness Alliance for Total Children’s Health of Denton County led by Cook Children’s will also provide the results of the 2012 Community-wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS)  that includes suicide assessment and prevention as well as emotional wellness.

Health officials from local entities will compare the 2012 data with the results of a survey conducted in 2008 and discuss ways to improve the mental health of children in Denton County, as well as how to get the community involved, officials said.

After the release of the 2008 CCHAPS data, Cook Children's identified the top children's health issues in its six-county service region which includes Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. Denton County stakeholders studied the data specific to their area and selected children's mental health as the issue to focus on first. Cook Children's then assisted with the creation of the Wellness Alliance for Total Children's Health to help improve the lives of children in Denton County, officials said.

Expected to provide their insights of the results will be: Bing Burton, from the Denton County Health Department; Lisa Elliott, with Cook Children's Behavioral Health; Larry Tubb, with The Center for Children's Health and the Cook Children's Health Care System; Keith Owens and Michael Gibson with the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design; Phyllis Finley with Denton County MHMR; Vanita Halliburton with the Grant Halliburton Foundation and Dr. Tae Y. Lee, with a child and adolescent psychiatry office that serves Lewisville, Dallas and Denton.

Jeremiah Salmon, community health outreach coordinator of regional services for Cook Children’s said the event was free to the public, but it was primarily targeting healthcare providers.

Networking will begin at 9 a.m., with registration following at 9:30 a.m. and the presentation at 10 a.m.

Salmon said more than 100 are expected to attend the summit.

Registration is needed at:

-Karina Ramírez