Whole Child Health Alliance

Nemours Children's National Office of Policy & Prevention

Advancing Whole Child Health Models

The Whole Child Health Alliance advances whole child health models that promote children’s optimal health, development and well-being across the life course while improving health equity through delivery and payment reforms. Whole child health models engage child health providers, payers, community-based organizations and other multisector partners in improving population health and addressing social needs and broader social determinants of health affecting children, youth and their families.


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Key Elements

Review our key elements representing essential components of holistic, family-centered child health approaches that support optimal health, development and well-being. Learn More

Whole Child Elementes Case Studies


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Steering Committee

The Alliance’s Steering Committee includes:

General Members

General Members of the Alliance include: Aligning for Health, AmeriHealth Caritas, DC, Center for Health Care Strategies Center for the Study of Social Policy, Children’s Hospital Association, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Cincinnati Children's HospitalDelaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Families USA, First Focus on Children, Healthy Schools CampaignLocal Initiatives Support Corporation, Mental Health AmericaSeattle Children's, Trust for America’s Health, UnitedHealthcare Community & State and ZERO TO THREE.

Advisory Committee

The Alliance engages with subject matter experts and community members:

  • Suzanne Bierman, MPH, JD, Director, Sellers Dorsey
  • Charlie Bruner, PhD, National Resource Network Manager, Integrated Care for Kids (InCK Marks) Initiative
  • Nathaniel Counts, JD, Senior Policy Advisor for Mental Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Elisabeth Wright Burak, MPP, MSW, Senior Fellow, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Paul Dworkin, MD, Executive Vice President for Community Health, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Kay Johnson, MPH, MEd, President, Johnson Group Consulting, Inc.
  • Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS William R. Long Director of Child Health Policy, Firefly; Associate Director of Pediatrics and Helath Policy, Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy
  • James Perrin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Mass General Hospital for Children/Harvard Medical School
  • Rachel Thronton, MD, PhD, FAAP, Vice President, Chief Health Equity Officer, Nemours Children's Health
  • Davis Willis, MD, Senior Fellow, Center for Study of Social Policy