The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) promotes maternal and child health (MCH) in innovative community-based programs that improve access to care and reduce health care costs through health promotion, prevention, and early intervention.
Healthy Tomorrows began in 1989 as a grant program funded and administered by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). A partnership was formed with the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1991 to offer technical assistance, resources and tools to HTPCP grantees and prospective applicants. To date, 257 projects (with 5-year project periods) have been funded by MCHB at approximately $50,000 per year. 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.
The Program’s projects must represent a new initiative within the community or an innovative component that builds on existing community resources. Projects usually target vulnerable and underserved populations and address four key areas: (1) access to health care, (2) community-based health care, (3) preventive health care; and (4) service coordination.
Healthy Tomorrows grants have been awarded to a wide variety of organizations, including, but not limited to, medical centers, schools, 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 MCH 3.0, Affordable Care Act implementation, and Bright Futures, and build the evidence base for community-based programs.
The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program supports the development of family-centered, culturally competent, community-based initiatives that:
The program is administered by the Division of MCH Workforce Development.
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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