Vanderbilt Children's Health Improvement and Prevention (VCHIP) is a Children's Hospital initiative to improve the lives of children through outreach, education, treatment, intervention and prevention programs. VCHIP takes programs beyond the hospital walls and into the community with the help of our volunteers.
We focus on teaching children and parents to make sure that all children have a positive start in life, are cared for and safe, practice healthy behavior, and make successful transitions to adulthood. VCHIP targets the leading health issues affecting children today—obesity, early childhood development, school health and safety.
Injury is the leading cause of death and disability for children in the United States. Every day more than 39,000 children end up in a hospital emergency room or physician's office due to injuries. However, most injuries can be prevented through education. Our Safe Children Program
has programs targeted to keep children safe.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has documented that certain behaviors often adopted during childhood contribute to today's major causes of death for adults such as heart disease, cancer and injuries. Our Healthy Children
initiatives promote healthy behaviors in children to prepare them to become healthy and productive adults.