Immunization registries, foster child welfare and teen pregnancy support are just a few initiatives tackled by the 257 programs that have received grants from the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program.

The partnership between the Academy and Maternal and Child Health Bureau is celebrating 25 years of supporting innovative community-based efforts to improve child health through funding, technical assistance and public-private partnerships.

Among programs supported, about 85% have continued to exist beyond their five-year funding period. Each year, up to $50,000 in federal grants are awarded. The competitive grants draw a large pool of applicants, and just 14% are chosen for funding. Care coordination/case management or establishing a medical home in underserved communities has been the focus for about 62% of the projects.

Strong community partnerships pave the way to sustainability. Many successful programs credit institutional commitment and consider long-range forecasts from the beginning in their successful continuation beyond the...

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