Center for the Child & Community

To empower communities to value and support the health, safety, and wellbeing of every child

Every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential

One of the pillars of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s mission is advocacy. The Center for the Child & Community was created to fulfill this mission. The mission of the Center is to empower and support the health, safety, and wellbeing of every child. This ties directly to Children’s overall mission to improve the life of every child — through dedication to exceptional clinical care, research, education, and advocacy.

Our Approach

We engage the community through partnerships with stakeholders, as well as strategic planning and collaborative implementation of community health priorities. We believe in engaging the community to ensure the work is reflective of the community’s needs – and not just what we think they need.

Our Team

Children’s Center for the Child and Community staff work with community leaders, early childhood educators, childcare providers, school systems, health systems, and community partners to help every child reach their full potential. This dedicated team includes:

Debra Tomek, M.D., FAAP, Associate Medical Director, Community Partnerships

Holly Dingman, MS, RD, Manager

Rick Helweg, Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Hulse, MS, Community Program Coordinator

Jen Martens, MPH, Community Program Coordinator

Kim McClintick, RN, School Health Nurse Coordinator

Chrissy Tonkinson, MPH, Data and Evaluation Project Manager 

Melissa Walker, MS, Operations Specialist 

Our Priorities

Empower communities to value and support the health, safety and wellbeing of every child, so that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential
GROW CHILDREN’S CENTER: Increase the capacity of Children’s to engage in and lead community prevention and clinic/community integration efforts in Lincoln and Omaha with plans to expand to other communities DATA: Conduct community health needs assessment and develop infrastructure for data-integration
CHILDHOOD OBESITY: Advance community supports for obesity prevention and treatment within a family-centered framework EARLY CHILDHOOD: Support and expand early childhood initiatives to improve child health outcomes related to kindergarten readiness.
SCHOOL HEALTH: Support and expand school health and wellness initiatives ADVOCACY: Create and support Child Health Champion Network

Learn more about Programs & Initiatives

Our Location

Nebraska Innovation Campus
2021 Transformation Drive, Suite 1200
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 955-6871

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