In Ohio, a physician saw a need for safer playgrounds. In Pennsylvania, another saw a need to treat obesity and improve children’s access to medical care. In Massachusetts, a doctor discovered that legal issues were getting in the way of children’s health.

All of those needs and hundreds of others are being addressed thanks to the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, a cooperative agreement between the Academy and the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the program has given out 226 grants in 47 states with about 50 grants running at a time. The grants tend to target low-income populations and address access to health care, community-based health care, preventive care and service coordination. The grants are coveted because they last five years and provide up to $50,000 in each of those years.

The idea, said Peter van Dyck, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, is...

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