Children’s Health Equity (CHEq)

The Children’s Health Equity (CHEq) Initiative, a part of Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health, will advance child health through place-based collective impact approaches. The CHEq Initiative will support collaborative projects within specific Boston communities to improve the health and well-being of children and families. The selected projects will foster new and long-lasting systems that promote and strengthen neighborhood cohesion.

CHEq has two phases:

  • Phase 1: One-year planning grants will be awarded to up to six neighborhood or geography based, cross-sector coalitions to plan projects with the potential to reduce inequities in children’s health and well-being.
  • Phase 2: Following the planning period, implementation grants will be awarded to up to four cross-sector coalitions that demonstrate evidence of strong implementation plans. Implementation grants will range from 2-3 years in length with the possibility of renewal.

Boston Children’s has selected the below six projects for phase 1 planning grants. Each will have one year to develop a proposal and implementation plan addressing either 1) child and family health and well-being or 2) community, family, and child resilience.

Collaboration Name

Building Holistic Educational and Employment Pathways

Crossroads: Healthy Families, Resilient Fields Corner

Living Safely in Jackson Square

HEART CARES (Community Approaches to Resilience, Equity and Sustainability)

Resilient Families and Surround-Care School Community Coalition

Grove Hall Alliance and Community and Partner Coalition


North Dorchester and Roxbury

Dorchester, Fields Corner

Jackson Square, Jamaica Plain


Washington Park and Garrison Trotter sections of Roxbury and Dorchester

Greater Grove Hall, Roxbury and North Dorchester


More details on these projects and partners can be found here.

Currently, Boston Children’s does not have open RFPs in these strategic funding areas and anticipates releasing additional information in early 2021.  Details will be posted to this page and released via email.  Sign up for email updates below.