Whole child health is an integrated state of physical, cognitive, social and emotional health and well-being in which children are developmentally on track in each of these areas. To expand our investments in children’s health and respond to urgent needs in the community, the Greater Rochester Health Foundation developed a strategy called Healthy Futures: Improving the Health and Well-being of Children 0-8.

Introduced in 2017 and extending over the next decade, the strategy includes three interconnected elements (Cultivating Effective Practices, Building Community Capacity, and Elevating Voices), and is designed to support the many community initiatives and organizations working to improve the landscape of opportunities for children and families.

Cultivating Effective Practices for Healthy Futures

Cultivating Effective Practices focuses on identifying, integrating, and scaling effective programs and practices across early care and education, school, and community settings, so that more children have the services and supports they need to thrive and more families are engaged as partners in promoting whole child health.

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Building Community Capacity for Healthy Futures

Building Community Capacity focuses on enhancing the capacity of providers and organizations, families, and systems to support whole child health through training and coaching, service provision, parent partnership and leadership developmentand collaboration within and across sectors. 

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Elevating Voices for Change

Elevating Voices for Change is focused on supporting community efforts, advocacy and policy changes directed toward increasing children’s and families’ access to health resources, high-quality services, and healthy environments for development. Efforts will be informed by grassroots perspectives, engage families and communities as partners, and address racial and other social inequities in the foundations of children’s health.

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