Health Disparities in Early Childhood

We're building the capacity of communities to address the social determinants that contribute to poor health in low-income children.

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Altarum is leading an evaluation of Project Hope, a new collaborative initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to address early childhood adversity and health disparities and promote child well-being by aligning systems and building capacity. 

Our Approach

We're evaluating the initiative in three states—Florida, Oklahoma, and Washington—as well as providing technical assistance to help improve the states’ monitoring and use of data related to health disparities and inequities. Through document abstraction, surveys, and key informant interviews, we will evaluate states’ ability to:

1) Incorporate health equity and family and community voices into decision-making around early childhood policies and programs.

2) Improve data monitoring and use of data.

3) Increase collaboration between agencies and organizations that affect young children and families.


Through our work, states will be able to build capacity and utilize data to ultimately increase access to resources that promote health and well-being, reduce inequalities and health disparities, and ensure that every child can achieve equitable health, development, and education outcomes.

Health Disparities in Early Childhood Contact

Contact Us

Tara Fowler

Tara Fowler  - PhD, MPH, CPH

Vice President, Population Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Applied Research and Analytics
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Qualitative Research

Tara Fowler leads Altarum's population health work, including in the areas of community health, applied research and analytics, and delivery systems transformation. She has led a variety of multifaceted quantitative and qualitative research projects that deliver insights to leaders of government health agencies, from the Defense Health Agency to the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her recent work includes an evaluation of a HRSA-funded program implemented in 16 states to improve oral health of low-income pregnant women and infants. Tara holds a PhD in public health from the University of South Florida.