Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health


Determination of Need/Community Health (DoN/CHI) Initiative Commitment

Boston Children’s has an opportunity to build on our history of partnering with the community to make a significant impact on the health of children and families over the next 10 years. Boston Children's will distribute funds 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—will be distributed to community organizations in addition to our ongoing commitments and support for programs and partners.  Boston Children's has released funding through the Collaboration for Community Health in the following strategic areas:

Mental Health and Youth Support Systems

This area will provide funding to projects that 1) improve access to mental health assessment and treatment, develop models to expand and diversify the workforce and advance knowledge in this area; and 2) increase the engagement of young people in experiences that support their development.

Community Trauma Response

This Initiative will provide funding to projects that address child and adolescent exposure to trauma and traumatic events.

Zero to Five Child Health and Development

This area provides funding to organizations that benefit the well-being of children birth to 5 years old, including training of early childhood educators, strengthening the quality of early education and increasing access to parenting resources and support services.

Family Housing Stability and Economic Opportunity

This category provides funding to organizations undertaking activities that keep children and families in their homes and/or foster youth and family economic stability and mobility.

Community Physical Activity, Recreation and Food Access

This area provides funding to organizations conducting projects to increase youth physical activity and recreation opportunities and/or increase the access to and consumption of healthy food options.

Funded Partner Stories

We are pleased to profile the Collaboration for Community Health funded partners and will continue to share their stories here.

Boston Basics and Families First
Birth to Age Three: Healthy Children, Supported Parents

Boston Housing Authority
Home is Where the Heart Is

Waltham Boys and Girls Club
Helping Hands, Healthy Habits

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)
Spreading Financial Capability Across Boston


Playworks Harnesses the Power of Play

Community Mission

Boston Children’s community mission is to improve the health and well-being of children and families in our local community. The hospital leverages its resources with community partners to address health disparities and improve child health outcomes.

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Community Mission