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.
- Risk Reduction for children and adolescents
- Intervention to promote healthy child development and support for effective parenting
- Promotion of the health and well-being of children through community partnerships demonstrating both sustainability and impact
Our community programs include:
- Be Proud! Be Responsible! Memphis!
Skill-building classes use videos, games, exercises, role-playing situations and other materials to reinforce learning and build a sense of pride and responsibility in reducing teen pregnancy, unsafe sexual behaviors and HIV risk among adolescents. Education is provided in schools, churches and community centers.
- Behavioral Health 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 and offering advice to improve technique. Consultants also offer general support, encouragement and evidence-based information to the mother and her family.
- Child Care Referral & Resource Center
Helps parents locate quality child care and provides training and assistance for child care providers
Improves care for asthma patients, thanks to a Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Child Development 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.
- Community HIV Network
Provides resources for women, children, youth and families infected with and affected by HIV
- 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.
- Delta Rural Health Initiative
Provides preventative and clinical health services for individuals at risk for chronic disease
- 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
- 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
Promotes child development and responsible parenting
- Healthy Lifestyle Network
A multidisciplinary clinic that helps obese children and adolescents reduce and manage their weight
- Inclusion Support A program that helps 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Mobile Health / Le Bonheur on the Move
Provides affordable, accessible health care services for children who do not have pediatricians
- Nurse-Family Partnership
Aims to improve pregnancy outcomes and child development
- Project Search
Interns from special education classrooms in Shelby County in a school-to-work program that integrates classroom instruction with hand-on training and work experience.
- 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
Works to prevent accidental injury to children.
- 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 (IEDs) and 504 plans, and professional development for parents and educators.
- School Health Nursing Services
Offers nursing services in area schools
Read more about how we partner with others to impact the health and well-being of children in our community.