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Children's Resource Center

Children's Resource Center

Healthy communities start with healthy children.


Family Engagement

Every child is different. Children whose families are fully engaged in their unique healthcare decisions have better outcomes. 

Family engagement programs enable families to know and do more regarding their child’s health. This means better care and also reduced demand on the healthcare system.

The family engagement program manager for the Children’s Resource Center will be on site at the hospital to help families in a variety of ways, like ordering equipment, managing medications and providing education.

The program also includes:

  • Resources, books and information 
  • Family resource specialists stationed throughout the region to provide community-based support for families
  • Education opportunities for the community such as conferences, workshops and training sessions

Community Engagement

Community engagement and health promotion empower children and families to make healthy lifestyle choices about physical activity, nutrition and safety.  

The Children’s Resource Center focuses on three key areas to improve children’s health: wellness, education/literacy and safety:  

  • Safety/injury prevention programs: According to the Tennessee Department of Health, more than 18% of childhood deaths in the state were accidental, meaning they were preventable.
  • Wellness programs: Working with existing and developing community programs, we will educate people on making healthy choices.
  • Literacy programs: Studies show there is a strong correlation between literacy and health. Kids who are below reading level by the third grade have a much lower potential to finish school, which can affect their health for the rest of their lives.

Care Navigation

Children with chronic and complex health conditions and their families need help managing the specialized care they receive. 

The Children’s Resource Center serves children with a wide range of serious conditions, such as cerebral palsy, cancer, congenital heart disease and intellectual disabilities. Treatment is complex, and children and families often need help managing their care.

The care navigation team provides that support, supplementing the care from physicians and other providers both at Niswonger Children’s Hospital and at other locations.

The program also includes:

  • Creation of a comprehensive care plan with the primary care provider
  • A team-based approach to care, including communication with physicians, social workers, specialists, etc.
  • Continual care navigation between scheduled visits, potentially including home visits by a social worker      

For more information about the Children's Resource Center, please call 423-431-4875 or email crcinfo@msha.com.

Newsroom

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Niswonger Children’s Hospital raising funds to create dedicated treatment space for babies born with drug addiction

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – In response to a region-wide epidemic of babies born addicted to drugs, the Mountain States Foundation is beginning a fundraising project to create a special unit within Niswonger Children’s Hospital dedicated to caring for babies who are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Several upcoming fundraisers will help support the project, which is estimated to cost nearly $500,000.  ... read more about Niswonger Children’s Hospital raising funds to create dedicated treatment space for babies born with drug addiction.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Crown Laboratories donates $12,500, 40 Build-A-Bears to Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Crown Laboratories, Inc., made a $12,500 donation to the 2016 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon on Tuesday, and also presented a gift of 40 Build-A-Bears to the hospital. The fourth annual radiothon officially begins Feb. 29, but businesses around the community are already supporting the cause.  ... read more about Crown Laboratories donates $12,500, 40 Build-A-Bears to Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Niswonger Children’s Hospital to feature area musical prodigies in Super Bowl ad

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Young East Tennessee musicians EmiSunshine Hamilton and Fiddlin’ Carson Peters will be featured during Sunday night’s Super Bowl in a new TV spot for Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The two budding stars donated their musical talents to support the hospital. ... read more about Niswonger Children’s Hospital to feature area musical prodigies in Super Bowl ad .