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Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program promotes maternal and child health by encouraging community-based programs to enhance prevention strategies and to make health care for pregnant women, infants, children and youth more accessible.

Healthy Tomorrows began in 1989 as a grant program funded and administered by the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau. A partnership was formed with the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1991 to offer technical assistance, resources and tools to Healthy Tomorrows grantees and prospective applicants. To date, 255 projects (with 5-year project periods) have been funded annually by MCHB at approximately $50,000. Projects in 47 States, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam have been funded as Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) under Title V of the Social Security Act.

Healthy Tomorrows grants have been awarded to a wide variety of organizations, including, but not limited to, medical centers, schools, local foundations and nonprofit agencies, community-based clinics, community health centers, hospitals, and local and State health departments.


The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program supports the development of family-centered, culturally competent, community-based initiatives that: 

  • Plan and implement innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable approaches for focusing resources to promote community-defined preventive child health and developmental objectives for vulnerable children and their families, especially those with limited access to quality health services;
  • Foster/promote cooperation among families, community organizations, consumers, health agencies, and businesses;
  • Involve pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals in community-based service programs; and
  • Build community and statewide partnerships among professionals in health (state and/or local MCH agencies, state and/or local AAP chapters), education, social services, government, and business to achieve self-sustaining programs to assure healthy children and families.

Topical areas of projects funded since 1989 include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Childhood Overweight/Obesity
  • Pediatric Oral Health
  • Enhanced Clinical Services
  • Improved Access to Primary Care Providers and Enrollment in Medicaid and/or CHIP-RA
  • Care Coordination/Case Management to Increase Prenatal Care in the First Trimester of Pregnancy
  • Injury Prevention
  • Pediatric Mental Health
  • Developmental and Behavioral Health
  • Rural Health
  • Asthma
  • School-Based Health
  • Health Literacy


In FY 2012, 43 reporting Healthy Tomorrows grantees indicated that 25.9 percent of funding came from MCHB, while 74.2 percent came from other sources, e.g. local funds, state funds, program income, applicant/grantee funds and other. Funding for Healthy Tomorrows including all federal and non federal funds totaled $7,963,990. Projects served 1,662 pregnant women, 20,584 infants, children and youth, 4,012 infants, children and youth with special health care needs and 739 women. Grantees produced a total of 148 products and publications in FY 2011.


Evaluating Your Community-Based Program: Part I- Designing Your Evaluation. 2006

Evaluating Your Community-Based Program: Part II- Putting Your Evaluation Plan to Work. 2008

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program: Highlights and Lessons Learned from the National Evaluation. 2006

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program in Review: Analysis and Findings of a Descriptive Survey. 1999 

The program is administered by the Division of MCH Workforce Development.

The National Healthy Tomorrows Technical Assistance Resource Center

Provides support for the activities of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP), community based grants that address priority issues determined by the community. Through a cooperative agreement, the Resource Center also offers consultation to HTPCP program participants to ensure successful implementation and sustainability of community-based initiatives; facilitates involvement of local partners such as pediatricians, state and/or local AAP chapters, state and/or local MCH agencies, and other private sector partners in HTPCP projects to promote successful implementation of community-based maternal and child health initiatives; and conducts a national evaluation of HTPCP projects that assesses critical factors contributing to program sustainability, effectiveness and impact of community-based projects post HTPCP funding, and the ability of projects to develop meaningful evaluation and sustainability plans.


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