The Dallas Children’s Health Project (DCHP), provides comprehensive medical care to two populations: homeless children and low birth weight infants. The DCHP is part of Children’s Health Fund’s Referral Management Initiative, which is designed to ensure that children in high-risk populations have access to specialty care.
Children and families in Dallas face numerous barriers to health care such as poverty, lack of insurance and inadequate transportation, all of which are compounded by language and cultural barriers, as many of these families are of Hispanic origin. Specific issues faced by the children and adolescents served by DCHP include significant levels of developmental delay or school failure; poor reading levels; family dysfunction such as domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and mental illness; nutritional problems such as anemia and obesity; and minor acute illnesses. Mental health and dental services are particularly difficult for Spanish speakers to access.