Community Services

Le Bonheur's vision is to address the needs of children beyond the hospital's walls, particularly those at risk through preventive community strategies, investments and partnerships. Le Bonheur has established and implemented three key strategies to bring real, sustainable and systemic change to our community by meeting children's deepest needs.

  1. Risk Reduction for children and adolescents
  2. Intervention to promote healthy child development and support for effective parenting
  3. Promotion of the health and well-being of children through community partnerships demonstrating both sustainability and impact

Our community programs include:

Behavioral Health Care Navigation

Community Health Navigators work to reduce barriers that keep patients from getting timely treatment by identifying needs and providing direction to sources of emotional, financial, administrative or cultural support.

Breastfeeding Clinic

A free service to patients of the Le Bonheur Pediatrics Clinics. Professional lactation consultants work with mothers to improve their breastfeeding experience by evaluating the baby’s breastfeeding and offering advice to improve technique. Consultants also offer general support, encouragement and evidence-based information to the mother and her family.

CHAMP, Changing High-Risk Asthma in Memphis through Partnership

A program that targets asthma, the most chronic disease of childhood. A team of physicians, nurses, a respiratory therapist and community health educators teaches and supports families to better manage asthma and address the triggers that cause attacks.

Child Care Resource & Referral Center

The Shelby County affiliate of a state-wide program provides training and technical assistance to child care providers and helps parents seeking child care find the best fit for their unique situations and needs.

Child Developmental Services

A group of programs to support families, child care centers, and partner agencies who have young children with developmental, health, medical or behavioral needs. Services are provided in homes, school, child care centers and other community facilities.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

A six-week education workshop for those with a variety of chronic health conditions (arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, lung disease, etc.) or their caregivers. Program aims to build participants’ confidence in managing their health and keep them active and engaged in their lives.

Community HIV Network

A network of programs providing counseling and testing, risk reduction and education, case management, navigation and care for individuals at-risk for, infected with and affected by HIV or AIDS.

Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center

As the region’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, Le Bonheur provides education and training for adult hospitals across Tennessee on ways to care for the unique needs of pediatric patients.

Congregational Health Network (CHN)

A network dedicated to improving the health and well-being by increasing access to medical care and social services for individuals and families within church communities. CHN navigators work alongside pastors and congregational liaisons of all faith denominations to identify and address the unique health needs and concerns of their congregations and surrounding communities.

Early Intervention

A program that helps families support their children with special needs to reach their developmental potential. Services include developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and support of a board-certified behavior analyst in the natural environment for families who qualify for the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS).

Family Resilience Initiative

A multidisciplinary collaboration that assesses for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Our team provides wrap-around services to build resilience and prevent ACEs within a trauma- informed setting with community partner resources to address needs.

Healthy Families America

A home visitation service for young mothers, following children from birth through the age of 5 years. The program follows the nationally recognized Healthy Families America model, which is an evidenced-based home visiting model that works with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences.

Healthy Lifestyle Network

A hospital-based multidisciplinary program that helps obese children and adolescents reduce and manage their weight. The network includes partnerships with schools, parks and recreation facilities, community centers and local government to develop evidence-based, scalable and sustainable wellness programs.

Inclusion Support

A program that provides assistance to parents, early child care educators within licensed child care centers and family child care homes to ensure that children with chronic and complex medical/ developmental needs have a successful early childhood education experience.

Le Bonheur Early Intervention and Development (LEAD)

Works with children ages 0-3 to enhance developmental growth, improve independence and empower daily caregivers to become advocates

LENA Start

In an effort to close the word gap in children between 0 and 30 months, Le Bonheur Children’s, Seeding Success, the University of Memphis and the Urban Child Institute have partnered on LENA Start. It is a small group program for parents offered through Le Bonheur’s Family Resilience Initiative that aims to educate parents on the importance of early, quality talk to promote brain development.

Memphis CHiLD

A medical-legal partnership, including The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis Area Legal Services and University of Tennessee for Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics. Memphis CHiLD focuses on identifying the legal and social issues that impact patient health and provides means to address these issues through direct legal services, education and advocacy for children and their families.

Memphis/Shelby County Healthy Homes Partnership (HHP)

A community partnership of local health, housing and legal services agencies working collaboratively to reduce the impact of home environmental hazards and substandard housing and develop a shared system for program referrals and data.

Le Bonheur on the Move

A mobile medical unit follows an enhanced medical home model by serving as a primary care provider within communities having limited access to medical support.

Nurse Family Partnership

An evidence-based home visitation program that has shown improvements in pregnancy outcomes, the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children. Women are enrolled prenatally and receive regular visits by a nurse until the child’s second birthday.

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

A program   that addresses the needs of high-risk patients/community members diagnosed with or at-risk for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The goal is to improve self- management of diabetes, reduce A1C values, improve school or work attendance, and decrease preventable hospital and Emergency Department utilization.

Project SEARCH

A hospital-based program for recent graduates from special education classrooms in Shelby County. The skills development program integrates classroom instruction with hands-on training and work experience. Interns rotate through Le Bonheur departments and learn skills intended to lead them to paid employment. 

Reach Out and Read

Gives books to children at doctor's appointments and promotes reading out loud daily to children.

RN Health Education

A program that provides one-on-one health education for overweight, obese or at-risk children ages 10-18 years.

Safe Kids Mid-South / Child Injury Prevention

Safe Kids Mid-South works to prevent accidental injuries to children. Programs and partnerships include proper installation and use of child safety seats; safe transportation and safe sleep practices; water safety; pedestrian safety in school zones; sports safety for athletes, coaches and parents and many other programs to raise awareness and promote safety to children and their families.

School-Based Therapy

Services include universal speech and language screenings for pre-K and kindergarten, direct therapy, consultation with other service providers, evaluation and assessment, assistance in the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans, and professional development for parents and educators.

School Health Nursing Program

A contractual relationship with Tipton County Schools, in which Le Bonheur nurses provide health-related services and education to students and staff. Nurses also provide chronic disease management, first aid for accidents or injuries and health-related education. A pilot program within Shelby County Schools is in development.

Tax Impact Project

Le Bonheur Children’s, Porter Leath’s Early Success Coalition and United Way of the Mid-South partnered to form the Tax Impact Project (TIP). The TIP partnership provides free tax preparation to individuals who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) with the goal of increasing the number of unduplicated households receiving EITC refunds annually by 2,000 over three years.

West Tennessee Delta Rural Health Initiative

A group of programs in 20 rural West Tennessee counties focused on uninsured and underinsured children and families with, or at risk for, chronic disease.

Read more about how we partner with others to impact the health and well-being of children in our community. 

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