Collaboration for Community Health

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Boston Children’s Hospital is building on our history of partnering with the community to make a significant impact on the health of children and families. Funds are distributed as part of an agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Determination of Need/Community Health Initiative program.

These funds — Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health — are supporting community organizations in addition to our ongoing commitments to programs and other partners.

If you have questions, email TalkToUs@childrens.harvard.edu.

The Collaboration for Community Health's 2020 Report is available. Click here. More details on the priority areas can be found in the Funding Strategy Report.

Collaboration for Community Health funded projects in the strategic areas of Birth to Five, Healthy Living, and Family Housing Stability and Economic Opportunity have been updated as of September 22, 2021.  See below.

Birth to 5

Funding in this area supports organizations serving children from birth to 5 years old. Projects include training opportunities for early childhood educators, strengthening the quality of early education, and increasing access to parenting resources and support services.

The Basics Inc.

The Basics/Children’s Services of Roxbury Collaboration will provide strategies to parents and caregivers of children at risk of not being kindergarten-ready by coaching Children’s Services of Roxbury staffers to embed The Basics Principles into their services.

Learn more about The Basics Inc.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

The Family-Centered Childcare Project will improve the social-emotional learning, growth, and development of children (birth to five) by increasing the knowledge and skills of parents/caregivers and child care teachers, also providing services to immigrant children and families.

Learn more about the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

Boston Opportunity Agenda

Screen Every Child will expand the Ages and Stages Questionnaire screening and referral system in child care centers, family providers, and other support organizations, and increase the number of screens and referrals in Boston.

Learn more about Boston Opportunity Agenda.

The Community Builders

Healthy Wealthy and Wise 2.0 will provide a housing-based peer support system for families with young children using a network of caregivers and neighborhood residents trained to serve as health champions.

Learn more about The Community Builders.

East Boston Social Centers

Every Child Shines will use a two-generational approach to address health and racial inequities among East Boston children and their families through parent engagement and leadership, and connecting family serving agencies.

Learn more about East Boston Social Centers.

Families First

Families First Power of Parenting and Parent Leadership programming will provide parenting education and support as well as a structured pathway for parents to become paid leaders in their community.

Learn more about Families First.

First Teacher

Family-Centered Operations and Capacity Building will build sustainable partnerships and strengthen internal systems and operations to improve programming.

Learn more about First Teacher.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Families Nurturing Together will support healthy child development among more than 100 families of color by building emotional, communication, and positive discipline skills, and ensuring families’ access to economic mobility services.

Learn more about the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Strengthening, Expanding, and Diversifying the Early Childhood Workforce to Equitably Support Very Young Children and Families will strengthen the early childhood workforce by supporting 130 practitioners through professional development and training.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Neighborhood Villages

Family Navigation Intervention: A Model for Addressing Barriers to Health Equity for Families Facing Adversities will promote early childhood education provider capacity to offer high-quality and family centered programming, as well as facilitate family access to health and health-related services.

Learn more about Neighborhood Villages.

Nurtury Inc.

Supporting the Well-Being of Parents and Young Children in Boston through Family Partners will connect families in the Boston Family Child Care network to identify challenges, share resources, and deliver targeted assistance to those in need.

Learn more about Nurtury Inc.

Raising a Reader Massachusetts

Reaching Deeper, Serving Broader will increase the capacity of parents and caregivers to foster healthy early child development through dialogic reading strategies and family engagement with community ambassadors.

Learn more about Raising a Reader Massachusetts.

Room to Grow

Expanding Room to Grow Support for Low-Income Boston Families will increase organizational capacity to serve twice the number of families through coaching on child development and parenting strategies, connection to community partners, and the distribution of essential baby items.

Learn more about Room to Grow.

Strategies for Children

Advocacy Network for Early Education and Care formalizes a new advocacy infrastructure connecting regional advocates across the state; building their skills, knowledge, and advocacy expertise; and influencing state and local policy that advances an equitable system of high-quality early education and care.

Learn more about Strategies for Children.

Urban College of Boston

Project Emergence: A Multilingual Collaboration to Support Young Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being will provide opportunities for early childhood educators and parents to develop an understanding of infant and early childhood mental health, improve their English language skills, and have affordable access to courses at Urban College of Boston.

Learn more about the Urban College of Boston.

Healthy Living

Funding in this area supports organizations conducting projects to increase youth physical activity and recreation opportunities and/or increase access to healthy food options.

Children’s Services of Roxbury

Healthy Pathways: Building Skills, Resiliency, and Joy Through Bicycle-Based Learning will support young people from under-resourced Boston neighborhoods to build skills, establish healthy habits, advance transportation equity, and develop a passion for cycling in safe, supported, trauma-sensitive environments.

Learn more about Children's Services of Roxbury.

Dorchester Food Co-Op

Transforming the Food System through Community Ownership and Healthy Food for All will open a cooperative market to create access to affordable, nutritious food, build community wealth, and develop partnerships with urban farms and local health centers to enhance health, well-being, and equity in Dorchester.

Learn more about the Dorchester Food Co-Op.

The Food Project

Growing the Dudley Community Food Center will work with residents and stakeholders to plan and pilot expanded programs for the Community Food Center, a new facility that will support residents to access, grow, cook, share, and advocate for healthy food in Dudley.

Learn more about The Food Project.

Haley House

Roxbury Rooted: Nourishing Youth and Community through Urban Farming at Haley House will provide opportunities for youth and families to connect with the land, grow, cook, and share food, and deepen relationships through urban farming, in partnership with the Hawthorne Youth & Community Center and YouthBuild Boston.

Learn more about the Haley House.

Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition

The Cooking with Confidence + Getting Physically Active Project will provide culturally based cooking classes and physical activity opportunities for families in Mattapan.

Learn more about the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition.

Playworks New England

Powered by Playworks: Restoring access to safe, healthy play for Boston Public School students who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 will provide coaches to support and improve the health of 4,000 students across 10 schools in Boston by infusing play and physical activity throughout the school through daily recess, class game time, a peer leadership program, and afterschool sports leagues.

Learn more about Playworks New England.

Sociedad Latina

Hydroponics STEM Lab will provide youth and families with healthier food options, nutrition education, and hands-on experiences in cultivating their own organic foods and contributing to greater food access in their community.

Learn more about Sociedad Latina.

Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education

Reconnecting and Reimagining Healthy Living for Somali-American Families in Boston will engage Somali-American families in workshops and conversations to encourage the adoption of sustainable, healthy behaviors, and strengthen partnerships between families and social service and health care providers.

Learn more about the Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education.

Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

Entrepreneurship and Healing to Support South Street Center Youth will create entrepreneurship and employment opportunities to improve health and healing for youth of color in Jamaica Plain.

Learn more about the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center.

Urban Farming Institute of Boston

Healthy Eating for Boston’s Communities of Color will provide a food- and farming-related curriculum for schools, and add education offerings for adults and families in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan to increase their knowledge about growing food, cooking, and nutrition.

Learn about Urban Farming Institute of Boston.

WalkBoston

Connecting Kids and Families to Parks and Open Spaces will identify and address physical and social barriers to park access in East Boston in order to create a safe and welcome environment so all residents can enjoy their local parks and the associated health benefits.

Learn more about WalkBoston.

Youth Enrichment Services

Outdoor Adventures with YES! will engage youth from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan in outdoor physical activities by expanding partnerships with additional housing developments, community-based organizations, and/or schools.

Learn more about Youth Enrichment Services.

Family Housing Stability and Economic Opportunity

Funding will support organizations that help to keep children and families in their homes and/or foster youth and family economic stability and mobility.

Boston’s Higher Ground

The Family-Led Stability Initiative will help the families of 500 students who are homeless by expanding collaboration from seven to 13 schools and partners.

Learn more about Boston's Higher Ground.

Chinatown Community Land Trust

The Chinatown Stabilization Project will focus on equitable recovery, prevent displacement, and remove housing from the speculative market in Chinatown.

Learn more about the China Community Land Trust.

Community Labor United

The Care That Works Pilot will support low-income single mothers of color in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury on pathways into family sustaining union jobs in industries.

Learn more about Community Labor United.

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance

Closing the Racial Homeownership Gap will expand the STASH-matched savings program for first-generation homebuyers to build generational wealth among families and children of color.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance.

Urban Edge

Building Wealth, Building Health in Roxbury will preserve affordable, quality housing and improve health outcomes by converting existing affordable rental homes to homeownership opportunities for residents of those units.

Learn more about Urban Edge.

Urban Revival Inc.

Housing Equity for Healthy Families is a multi-level individual, community, and public policy mobilization effort rooted in tenant organizing to stabilize Boston children and families permanently through direct support and establishment of new tenant protection public policies.

Learn more about Urban Revival Inc.

Mental Health and Youth Support Systems

Funding in this area will support organizations working to improve access to assessment and treatment, expand and diversify the workforce, advance knowledge, and increase the engagement of underserved young people. 

Boston Private Industry Council

Career Pathways for Boston’s Forgotten Youth will connect non-college-bound high school graduates from the Boston Public Schools with job training, employment, and pathways to a career and healthy adulthood.

Learn more about the Boston Private Industry Council.

Children’s Services of Roxbury

Bridge to Resiliency: Connecting children and their families with culturally attuned mental health services is a racial equity demonstration project to expand access to culturally attuned mental health services.

Learn more about Children's Services of Roxbury.

The Dimock Center

The Dimock MAIN Collaborative: Management to Accelerate Integration will be a series of learning collaboratives for community health centers to teach the management frameworks needed to accelerate the integration of behavioral health into primary care.

Learn more about The Dimock Center.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

East Boston Bridge: Partnering to Integrate Comprehensive Behavioral Health, Medical, Academic, and Family Supports at East Boston High School will develop a school-based Bridge program providing individual and family supports to students with serious mental health and medical challenges.

Learn more about the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

HopeWell

My First Place is an education and employment program that provides safe, stable housing and case management support for young people between the ages of 18 and 24.

Learn more about HopeWell.

Peer Health Exchange

Empowering Young People with Critical Health Skills by Increasing Diversity in Education will increase young people’s access to culturally appropriate peer mentors and evidence-informed health education in their schools.

Learn more about the Peer Health Exchange.

Simmons University

Simmons Trauma Education Project will diversify, expand, and strengthen the local mental health workforce. This program will help prepare the emerging trauma-informed workforce to provide culturally relevant trauma care for Boston’s vulnerable children and families.

Learn more about Simmons University.

The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY)

A Newer Normal: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for LGBTQ+ Youth in a Community-Based Setting will expand individual, group, and community access to mental and behavioral health programs and services, designed specifically by and for LGBTQ+ youth in Greater Boston.

Learn more about The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY).

University of Massachusetts Boston

Building Capacity of Massachusetts Schools to Address Children’s Mental Health Needs: The Behavioral Health Integrated Resources for Children Center (BIRCh Center) aims to become a statewide resource of evidence-based interventions, professional development, and policies and protocols.

Learn more about the University of Massachusetts Boston.

West End House

College and Career Success Initiative will empower young people in Boston to complete their college education and secure meaningful, career-aligned internships to position them for long-term success and improved health outcomes.

Learn more about the West End House.

William James College

Behavioral Health Workforce Pipeline Serving Children, Adolescents, and Families will expand and diversify the child/adolescent behavioral health workforce through developing, implementing, and evaluating an innovative pipeline program.

Learn more about William James College.

Community Trauma Response

This initiative provides funding to projects that address child and adolescent exposure to trauma and traumatic events.

Cambridge Family and Children’s Services

Reducing the Impact of Trauma on Foster Youth through Permanency aims to help youth who “age out” of the foster care system establish supportive lifelong connections, which will lead to a meaningful chance for long-term success.

Learn more about Cambridge Family and Children's Services.

The Community Builders

Safe Homes and Sound Minds: Youth Trauma will work with Worcester Addresses Childhood Trauma Network to address youth trauma on site at three family residential developments in Worcester.

Learn more about The Community Builders.

Madison Park Development Corporation

Roxbury Community Trauma Response Initiative expands opportunities for MPDC residents and other community members to receive non-clinical trauma supports in trusted community spaces.

Learn more about Madison Park Development Corporation.

Project RIGHT

Grove Hall Trauma Response Community Outreach will reach young people 14 to 26 years old, utilize them to draw in other disconnected youth, and provide community-based trauma support services as needed for these teenagers, young adults, and their families.

Learn more about Project RIGHT.

Special Initiatives

The Children’s Mental Health Campaign

The CMHC will engage in targeted efforts to operationalize behavioral health equity as their focus. With support from experts and partners, CMHC will develop goals, strategies, processes, and tools for ensuring that policy priorities, external communications, and organizational culture facilitate the promotion of behavioral health equity. They will partner with the Massachusetts Public Health Association to develop policy priorities in these areas. Consultation from the CMHC will also be available to the other funded partners in the Collaboration for Community Health.

Learn more about The Children's Mental Health Campaign.

Healthcare for All (HCFA)

HCFA will build a strong consumer voice to advocate for children by providing policy and advocacy training and technical assistance to Boston Children’s Funded Partners and ensure that MassHealth Accountable Care organizations are responsive to children’s needs through monitoring, assessment, and collaboration with key stakeholders.

Learn more about Healthcare for All (HCFA).