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Build-a-Bridge

Build-a-Bridge

Build-a-Bridge™ strengthens connections between children and families to health care professionals and community resources. This helps encourage better overall health and well-being.

Our Community Health Workers (CHWs) can work with you to support your child & family. They can help you tackle barriers to care, bridge connections to pediatricians, link to community resources, prepare for well-child appointments, and discuss the importance of developmental screenings including what to do if concerned.

It is never too early to look for a pediatrician that is right for you. Choosing a pediatrician before your baby is born will help you feel confident about your baby's care. Plus, knowing you have chosen the right doctor will help you feel calmer and more in control. A little advance planning now will reduce future stress so you can enjoy your pregnancy as your due date approaches.

From your baby's long-awaited arrival until those first days of school, you'll be visiting the doctor regularly to make sure that your child is healthy and developing well. These check-ups are essential to ensure appropriate physical and mental development, and to provide vaccinations to prevent serious bacterial and viral illnesses.

It can be hard to remember questions or concerns you may want to with the doctor. Prepare by writing them down before your child's appointment. Don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have.

Milestones matter! Track your child's milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) easy-to-use illustrated checklists, get tips from CDC for encouraging your child's development, and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

Meet our team

Ashley Jackson

Ashley Jackson

I truly enjoy bridging the information and resource gap, which exists in underserved communities. Seeing firsthand the barriers faced by patient families trying to access medical services, is the reason I decided to pursue public health. I have worked in healthcare for 5 years, all of which have been with Cook Children's. I completed my undergrad at Ball State University in General studies with Minors in Sociology and Psychology of Human Development and will soon be completing my Master's Degree in Public Health from American Public University.

LaToya Jones

LaToya Jones

I'm a Fort Worth native and have over 13 years' experience working with families, children and individuals that require advocacy services. My work, life experiences as well as my Community Health Worker training has equipped me for my current role as a CHW with The Center for Children's Health. My very unique interpersonal relationship with not only my community but with others has led me to doing what I love.

Once a form is submitted you will be contacted to discuss your specific needs. (IS is creating an embedded form that will need to be put here)

Questions and comments:

If you have any questions or would like information about our program, please email build-a-bridge@cookchildrens.org.