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.  In the summer of 2018, Boston Children's released its first round of funding through the Collaboration for Community Health.  The focus of this round of funding were the strategic areas of: 

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.

A total of $11 million will be distributed to community organizations-our funded partners- over the next three years in these categories.

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



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