In the Division, the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children grant program supports community-based partnerships and collaborations aimed at improving the health status of disadvantaged children, youth, and families nationwide by increasing their access to health services. Innovative community-based programs and models of care that build on existing community resources are implemented and evaluated. HTPCP funds programs that incorporate preventive health, communication, education, coordination and integration of care, and access to psychosocial supports into their innovative models of care. 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 grants across 22 states and the District of Columbia.
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.
Economic Analysis Tip Sheet
In October 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) engaged Altarum Institute to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) grantees on conducting Return on Investment analyses. Over the course of one year, Altarum provided TA to eight HTPCP grantees on how to use their evaluation data to conduct economic analysis that may be appropriate for their programs, including Return on Investment (ROI) analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, or cost benefit analysis. From the project, Altarum developed a set of Return on Investment tip sheets to provide HTPCP grantees and other community-based MCH programs the opportunity to conduct economic analyses of their program interventions.
Supporting Diversity and Reducing Health Disparities
In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joined forces with Altarum Institute to collect and share information from HTPCP grantees about their efforts to integrate diversity and cultural and linguistic competence, and to reduce health disparities in their projects. The Altarum Institute conducted a focus group session with six HTPCP grantees to hear firsthand how they are effectively integrating cultural and linguistic competence into project values, policies, structures and practices, and how they address disparities and inequities through public health and clinical practice. HTPCP and Healthy Tomorrows Resource Center staff reviewed progress reports submitted to MCHB and conducted follow-up calls with selected grantees to gather additional information on their strategies for addressing diverse populations and reducing health disparities. Among the themes identified during the review process were the need for staff training, cultural and linguistic competence plans, community advisory boards, organizational policies and procedures, family navigators, and community health workers. The AAP launched the Diversity and Health Equity Tip Sheets with an article in the May/June 2017 issue of AMCHP Pulse on emerging issues.
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.