In 2012, the Abell Foundation awarded a grant of $164,248 to the Baltimore City Health Department to provide home-visiting services to children with severe asthma. The visits were cost effective, saving money by reducing trips to hospital emergency rooms. More importantly, it reduced stress on mothers and the affected children.

Pilot programs of the Nurse-Family Partnership help poor, first-time mothers in Elmira, N.Y.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Denver, Colo. The programs cut child abuse and neglect by half. Mothers stay in the work force longer; children are less likely to be arrested; and spending for welfare, food stamps and Medicaid is reduced. Again more importantly, the children have a better chance of succeeding.