The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has awarded Lewisville-based PediPlace $275,000 to provide access to healthcare for children in its Healthy Kids and Illness to Wellness Programs.
“With the United Way’s help, PediPlace is able to make healthcare a reality for thousands of children in our community,” said Larry Robins, PediPlace Executive Director.
“Their investment in our organization will have tangible results with healthier children and a healthier community”
Access to healthcare for uninsured children is a local crisis with 23.3 percent of Texas children, or almost one out of four, being impacted. In the Dallas-Fort Worth region, there are an estimated 320,000 without access to care. As one of the very few non-profit pediatric primary healthcare organizations in North Texas, PediPlace is a local solution providing care to over 6,000 children annually.
In 2010, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas launched their “United 2020 Goals” initiative tackling systematic root problems in three key areas: Education, Income and Health. PediPlace’s programs of expanded access to primary pediatric care and specifically preventive care is in line directly with United Way’s initiative to articulate significant systematic issues and strategically seek out and fund outcome based programs.
PediPlace serves children of all ages and conditions like Jamie (9 months) born prematurely at 29 weeks. Very early on, he suffered through a serious bronchial infection lasting several months. Through PediPlace’s staff dedication, he was seen by an Infectious disease specialist and has been healthy ever since.
Established in 1994, PediPlace’s community support model of combined public and private funding succeeds. The partnership of non-profit, local governments, business community, foundations and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas allows PediPlace’s medical staff to serve 85 area children each day.
For more information on PediPlace, visit: www.pediplace.org.