Healthy Children Learn Best

Building Healthy Futures (BHF) is a nonprofit that aims to improve health for the community’s underserved children and youth through thoughtful collaboration and advocacy. To that end, Building Healthy Future’s role in the community has been to bridge the institutions of health and education – the two institutions with the largest impact on child well-being. Since our inception, we have worked with the Omaha Public Schools and four major health systems in Douglas County to provide health care. Of the children served by our program partners in the areas of primary care, oral health care, mental health care:

  • Approximately 60% of children are enrolled in Medicaid or SCHIP and 30% are uninsured.
  • Schools benefiting from services provided through our collaborative efforts have an average Free & Reduced Lunch rate (FRL) of 90.5% and an average English Language Learner rate of 30.9%; both populations were experiencing disproportionate access to health care within the community prior to implementation of services provided by our collaborative partners.

Building Healthy Futures works to improve health outcomes by 1) building capacity within our provider community to meet the diverse health needs of vulnerable populations, 2) engaging school districts and health systems to re-think “business as usual” to help ensure all children thrive, and 3) guiding common measurements and evaluation to ensure goals for Community Health Improvement Plans are met. Recently, Building Healthy Futures, in partnership with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Ophthalmology Department and the University of Nebraska Medical Center Truhlsen Eye Institute, launched a new initiative, child vision care.


Building Healthy Futures will support learning for underserved children by improving access to quality health care.


To support learning, Building Healthy Futures improves the health of underserved children by facilitating innovative partnerships to promote equitable access to health care.

Collaborating for Child Health

2016-2017 Annual Report

To view our 2016-2017 Annual Report, please click here.


Pediatric Community Health Needs Assessment

Building Healthy Futures, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, and Boys Town National Research Hospital and are pleased to share findings from the 2015 Child & Adolescent Community Health Needs Assessment to determine the health status, behaviors and needs of children and teens in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. Professional Research Consultants (PRC) of Omaha conducted the research endeavor.

The 2015 Child & Adolescent Community Health Needs Assessment identified nine areas of opportunity:


Additionally, organizations may request access to actual data via Building Healthy Futures’ contact box at the bottom of the webpage by submitting name, email address and comment/question.


Primary Health Care

As a result of the Child Health Task Force established in 2009 to address health disparities and barriers to primary care for underserved child populations, eight School Based Health Centers (SBHC) were launched within the Omaha Public Schools.  Operated by our collaborative partners, Charles Drew Health Center  and OneWorld Community Health Centers. The SBHCs currently provide acute, chronic, and well-child care to approximately 5,000 children annually in our most impoverished communities in Omaha.  Learn More.


Oral Health Care

In 2013, understanding access to preventive oral health care was not equitable in our community, the Child Oral Health Collaborative was reconvened in partnership with Douglas County Health Department.  Building upon the successful Collective Impact work of the Child Health Task Force, “the Collaborative” includes cross-sector partners from K-12 and higher education, primary care, oral health care, nonprofits, government (local and state), insurance and oral health professional organizations.  The Collaborative is driven by the following charge: To improve oral health outcomes by facilitating cross-sector community partnerships to provide a continuum of oral health care and education for underserved children and youth in the Omaha Public Schools. To learn more, please visit the new Child Oral Health Collaborative Website.


Vision Health Care

Recognizing that inequities were occurring in the Omaha community for many of its minority, poor and refugee children, Building Healthy Futures convened the Omaha Child Vision Collaborative (CVC) in 2015. Using a Collective Impact framework, the CVC includes cross-sector partners from education, government, insurance, non-profit, health care, post-secondary education, and vision health professional organizations.  Armed with the charge “to create a coordinated system for vision care that includes education, screening, diagnosing, and treatment for underserved children in our city’s most impoverished communities by maximizing resources through cross-sector and interdisciplinary partnerships,” the CVC inaugural meeting occurred February 23, 2015.  To learn more, please visit the new Child Vision Collaborative Website.

Collaborating Partners

Omaha Community Foundation Staff

Beginning on June 20, 2018, Building Healthy Futures operations has transitioned its operations to the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF) and program partners.

For financial inquiries:
Chief Financial Officer

Other inquiries:
Vice President of Community Relations