Project HOPE Goals

1. Promote optimal health and wellbeing for children prenatal to age five and prevent and mitigate early childhood adversities and improve adverse social settings by reducing racial, ethnic, geographic, and economic inequities.

2. Shift or realign systems (policies, practices, programs, initiatives, funding, governance, data, communications) to increase access to opportunities for young children and families in communities with significant racial, ethnic, economic, health and education disparities.

3. Engage community members with lived experience and create feedback loops to ensure ongoing communication between state and local policy makers, practitioners, community leaders and families.

4. Utilize peer, state, and community mentorship, as well as technical assistance, to improve state, community, and coalition capacity to improve systems that positively impact child health and wellbeing by addressing concentrated poverty, institutional or structural racism, or other aspects of early childhood adversity.

Implementation: How it Works

Nemours, BMC Vital Village Network, and the BUILD Initiative (“The Project HOPE Consortium”) seek to work in selected communities and states through local coalitions, cross-sector state teams, or with individual state leaders. They form a state team that, over two years (April 2018-April 2020), will explore how to improve child outcomes, address inequities, and support systems changes that improve child health and wellbeing.

The Project HOPE Consortium is offering local coalitions, cross-sector state teams and state leaders varied supports through targeted funding, tailored provision of technical assistance, focused strategies and approaches, tools and materials, webinars, and support for in person convenings.
Promote optimal health and wellbeing for children prenatal to age five and prevent and mitigate early childhood adversities and improve adverse social settings by reducing racial, ethnic, geographic, and economic inequities.

Shift or realign systems (policies, practices, programs, initiatives, funding, governance, data, communications) to increase access to opportunities for young children and families in communities with significant racial, ethnic, economic, health and education disparities.

Engage community members with lived experience and create feedback loops to ensure ongoing communication between state and local policy makers, practitioners, community leaders and families.

Utilize peer, state, and community mentorship, as well as technical assistance, to improve state, community, and coalition capacity to improve systems that positively impact child health and wellbeing by addressing concentrated poverty, institutional or structural racism, or other aspects of early childhood adversity.

Partners

Altarum

Altarum serves as Nemours’ evaluator for Project HOPE. Altarum is a nonprofit research and consulting organization that creates and implements solutions to advance health among vulnerable and publicly insured populations. Nemours partnered with Altarum to design and implement an evaluation plan for the program. The evaluation plan outlines the process, evaluation questions, metrics, data collection methods, and reporting that Altarum conducts to evaluate Project HOPE.

Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI)

Nemours has engaged the Institute for Public Health Innovation as an equity partner for the implementation of Project HOPE. IPHI’s work enhances the environments and conditions in which people live, age, work, learn, and play; strengthens health service systems and public policy; and builds organizational and community capacity to sustain progress. Nemours partnered with IPHI to develop an equity model/framework for the initiative; support strategic planning for the initiative using the equity framework; and provide tailored training to each state grantee on equity and health.