Places and initiatives are already responding to the crisis in child health, but many of these tend to be issue-focused and/or have difficulty scaling up—yet they are promising. Two prototype ACT sites that have already demonstrated improvements in children’s health include Columbus and Cincinnati.   

ACT is already starting to be implemented, with a prototype site in Cincinnati, Ohio. ACT Cincinnati has created a network to address infant mortality, health disparities across neighborhoods, reading level, and development of a “healthy mind and body” for each child. Learn more about their work to help all children thrive:

ACT has also been implemented in Columbus, Ohio, through Nationwide Children’s Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative. Recognizing that access to health care, opportunities for education, and neighborhood safety play critical roles in community health, the initiative focuses on impact areas to improve the health of children in 3 zip codes. 

ACT Learning Community

Our Learning Community will support a growing social movement focused on child wellbeing. Building on the success and lessons learned from a number of city-focused policy innovation efforts, the Learning Community will foster sharing of strategies, tools, data, and other resources from across sites via periodic webinars and meetings, both in-person and virtual. One component of our Learning Community is our online ACT community forum hosted by HealthDoers.

National ACT Learning Network

Sites throughout the nation will participate in an action-focused innovation, improvement and learning network that will apply design concepts, quality improvement methods, and next generation collective impact tools to support local ACT system transformation efforts. Communities will be provided with opportunities to meet in-person and virtually to learn from each other - lessons learned, best practices, innovations, etc. Unlike the ACT Learning Community that is open to all interested individuals and entities, the National ACT Learning Network is a membership-based and more intensive experience for sites that are ready to commit significant time and resources to improving outcomes through ACT.

ACT Movement Building - Cities Initiative (ACT-CI)

While much policy focus is on the national or state level, it is at the city level where many social determinants of health and development are organized, where the infrastructure of human development is assembled, and where many people feel a sense of belonging and tie their identities. With key actors, such as the mayor and city council members, and framing of issues directly from community members, cities have the opportunity to prioritize challenges to child well-being and develop new and improved scaffolding that assures all children thrive. ACT-CI raises the visibility of whole child outcomes (healthy births, strong start in the first 1000 days, third grade reading level), and asks not only parents to be accountable for their children’s health, but communities and cities too. Recognizing that it truly does take an engaged and purposeful village to optimally raise a child, ACT Cities will connect advocates, leaders, and community members in diverse cities throughout the nation, providing a new kind of learning—a network in which cities can advance innovations, adopt best practices and better connect resources. 

Systems Transformation

"ACT has capability and possibility for bringing disparate groups together and work towards a shared goal."
-Lila Guirguis, Office of the Young Child, City of Pasadena

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