Our Story

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COH began as an informal collaborative looking to improve the health and well-being of children in central Texas by working across organizational institutions. Eighty-four agencies came together and identified four areas of focus: linking and leveraging our existing resources; coordinating community messaging and education; using technology; and research and best practices to solve community problems.

In early 2008, thirteen lead community agencies and institutions organized as the Charter Members of Children‘s Optimal Health (COH) and formed a Texas Unincorporated Non-Profit Association (TUNA). Five of the Charter Member organizations committed to the initial funding of COH, while others committed data, time, and their knowledge surrounding the central Texas community. By May, COH had formed a Governing Board and filed for 501(c)3 status. These Board members reflected the diverse organizations that impact a child‘s life; healthcare, housing, education, economic development, and agencies addressing social and emotional development. This variety in Board representation continues to allow COH to look at a broader definition of health that includes educational factors as well as the social determinants that play a valuable role in shaping outcomes for children.

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