Maternal and Child Health Training Program
As part of the Division, the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children grant program promotes the development and advancement of health community through partnerships with organizations that work to change conditions in the community and environment to improve health. These efforts may include a focus on housing, education, the labor workforce, socioeconomic conditions, neighborhood safety, transportation, food quality and availability, and physical fitness and recreational activities available for children and families. In addition, grantees in community practice often support the development of family-centered, culturally competent pediatric clinicians and public health professionals. Currently, Healthy Tomorrows funds 41 projects across 22 states. Since 1989, Healthy Tomorrows has funded 272 projects in 47 states and Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.
Healthy Tomorrows grants have been awarded to a wide variety of organizations, including, but not limited to, medical centers, schools, universities, local foundations and non-profit agencies, community-based clinics, community health centers, hospitals, and local and State health departments.
Healthy Tomorrows supports State Title V priority needs as identified in state needs assessments. Projects serve as demonstration sites, examining program interventions in areas such as: early childhood development, school readiness, medical home (including enhanced family and youth engagement), care coordination and case management, nutrition and physical activity to address overweight and obesity, oral health, mental and behavioral health, and school-based health. These focus areas advance key MCHB priorities. Projects serve as a testing ground for program innovations and models of care that will inform maternal and child health practices, changes in the health care system, and Bright Futures, and build the evidence base for community-based programs.
What does the data tell us about Healthy Tomorrows? A newly released infographic holds the answers.
The Healthy Tomorrows Program, in cooperation with Altarum Institute, has created an infographic to highlight investments in the program since 1989, and demonstrate the impact, reach, and sustainability of projects after federal funding ends. The data shows that grantees have been highly successful in leveraging federal dollars to secure additional funding. Part of their success can be attributed to outcomes documented in project evaluations, sustainability planning in the first year of funding, and strong organizational and community support. The diversity of funding sources for Healthy Tomorrows grantees reflects an interest in funding community-based programs in both the public and private sector. This infographic was made possible with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
When should I start thinking about the sustainability of my project? Where do I start?
If you have questions like this, Healthy Tomorrows can help! The Healthy Tomorrows Program, in cooperation with X Factor Consulting, LLC, has released a series of tip sheets to support community-based programs in planning for sustainability in their organizations. Thinking about a sustainability plan in your first year of funding can improve your chances of sustaining your project after grant funding ends. More and more, potential funders want to know how you will leverage their support and continue your project after the end of a grant. These sustainability tip sheets were made possible with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
This is a two-part guide to program evaluation for pediatricians and others implementing community-based health initiatives.
Part I: Designing Your Evaluation
Workbook: This guide, in workbook format, reviews strategies for setting measurable objectives, identifying realistic outcomes, and developing logic models for health initiatives.
Recording: This audio presentation guides Healthy Tomorrows grantees and others implementing community-based health initiatives through logic model development and evaluation planning. The recording provides two logic model examples to illustrate the concepts. (Duration: 10 minutes)
Part II: Putting Your Evaluation Plan to Work
Workbook: The follow up publication to Part I. This guide takes the evaluation plan from the planning to the implementation stage and will assist in how to measure, collect, analyze, and present data meaningfully.
Recording 1: Part 1 of this recording will focus on effective documentation to evaluate your program. (Duration: 25 minutes)
Recording 2: Part 2 of this recording will focus on analyzing your information simply and meaningfully. (Duration: 18 minutes)
HOW TO APPLY
Healthy Tomorrows is a federal grant, administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Applications are accepted through Grants.gov during specified grant cycles. This grant opportunity is now closed. If you are planning to apply for the next grant cycle, please register with Grants.gov. This is a requirement for applicants of all HRSA grants.
Developing a successful Healthy Tomorrows grant proposal requires time and planning. The Proposal Development Guide will assist you in planning for your Healthy Tomorrows project and help you consider the various components of the application including community assessment, establishing community partnerships, developing an evaluation plan, and putting together a budget. Prospective applicants may obtain information about program guidance and requirements, by contacting Madhavi Reddy, Program Director or phone (301) 443-0754. Additional grant technical assistance resources can be found on the HRSA Apply For A Grant webpage, designed to assist potential applicants in producing successful grant applications.
HOW GRANTEES ARE SELECTED
Grant recipients are selected by official Maternal and Child Health Bureau grant reviewers from a variety of geographic areas and backgrounds including pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, nursing, health policy, educational psychology, social work, and public health. Applications are evaluated and scored using published evaluation criteria. Unfunded applicants will receive a summary of the application's strengths and weaknesses.
For Additional Guidance and Resources, visit the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program section of the AAP website.