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Community Health Planning Seed Grants

The National Business Coalition on Health, through the Community Coalitions Health Institute, and the United Health Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of a new Community Health Planning Grant program for NBCH member coalitions.

January 31st Informational Webinar
Click here for the slide presentation
Click here for the audio portion

Key Dates

January 31, 2011 3-4 pm EST  - Applicant Webinar

February 4, 2011 – Email “letter of intent” due to NBCH (Lgreenberg@nbch.org)

February 28, 2011 – Applications from Coalition Due Electronically (Lgreenberg@nbch.org)

April 1, 2011 – Final Seed Grant Decisions made

April 15, 2011 - Projects Start

September, 2011 – Coalition Lead Population Health Summit meetings complete

February, 2012 – Final Community Action Plans complete


About the Initiative

In response to the increasing incidence in debilitating and expensive chronic preventable disease and the economic challenges confronting states and local communities, the United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health have launched the first round of community planning grants to address local population health challenges. Utilizing the financial resources and oversight of United Health Foundation and the expertise of the National Business Coalition on Health’s Community Coalitions Health Institute, this initiative is designed to support local communities to assess their key health challenges and implement locally appropriate interventions. Specifically, a minimum of five communities will receive, through a competitive process, grants of up to $50,000 to:

  1. Facilitate the collection and analysis of state and locally relevant health data
  2. Convene key stakeholders in a strategic planning process to identify priority opportunities for intervention
  3. Coordinate and stimulate the development of community-based, philanthropic, corporate social responsibility, and government resources
  4. Create a more fertile environment to sustain the health promotion agenda as a key community-wide priority, to assess progress, and to make refinements as necessary over time

Grants will be awarded in large part, based upon criteria that include:

  1. Use of America’s Health Rankings®, local health department and other data to describe the key challenges confronting their designated community
  2. The support and commitment to participate in the planning process by key stakeholders, including but not limited to public health, employers, physicians and other health professionals, hospitals, government, nonprofits and the philanthropic sector.
  3. The commitment and expertise of the local NBCH coalition

Each grantee will be expected to convene a multi-stakeholder strategic planning process that will result in:

  1. A data-driven and prioritized strategic plan relevant to improved population health, the prevention of important disease risk factors, and demonstrated potential for decreasing the burden of illness that results in avoidable escalations of health care costs
  2. Enhanced coordination of existing prevention resources and support for the development of new resources
  3. Engage government as a partner and bring added value to the increasingly challenged public sector prevention resources

Applications will be judged by an independent panel made up of experts representing public health, health services research, coalitions, and other stakeholders.


Key Materials [Download here]

Community Health Planning Grant Application

Community Health Planning Application Expectations

Resources (See below.)


Applications must be submitted electronically by COB February 28, 2011 to Lgreenberg@nbch.org


Details

Overall Project Objective: The objective of each community health planning grant is to convene stakeholders in a “community summit” to examine relevant health indicators, identify a target health indicator from America’s Health Rankings for the community health intervention, plan policy and program interventions, identify resources at the community level and produce a plan with specific health improvement goals and stakeholder accountability. The end result of this project is a specific Community Action Plan that can realistically be implemented by the community.


The Summit: Once awarded a Community Health Planning grant, coalitions are expected to convene a summit of local stakeholders, including, but not limited to, public health, employers, physicians and other health professionals, hospitals, government, nonprofits and the philanthropic sector. For those communities that have already conducted a health planning process, the summit will focus on identifying policy and program interventions and assigning specific community accountability.


The summit will kick off a 9 month planning and prioritization process. The initial summit will be used to review data and identify priority areas. The summit will also be used to identify “team” members who are tasked to meet regularly and identify action steps to address each health objective. With meaningful input from local stakeholders, grantees will identify a specific health improvement goal selected from health indicators in America’s Health Rankings. Coalition initiatives may address any health metric addressed in America’s Health Rankings.


Following the summit, subsequent smaller meetings may be held by team members to develop specific population health objectives and action plans. The grantee coalitions will ensure that planning teams make progress on their assigned program areas and will be responsible for coordinating each sub-element of the plan into a final comprehensive action plan that is the deliverable for this grant. A template for the plan will be provided.


The Community Action Plan: The Community Action Plan is the final deliverable of the initiative. The plan must identify data-driven health improvement targets, planned actions, resources or a plan to obtain resources, champions for each intervention, and a process to ensure ongoing engagement and sustainability. The plan must also include a strategy for obtaining resources necessary for implementation. Coalitions should show, through letters of support or other indicators of commitment, that stakeholders with roles identified in the Community Action Plan have endorsed or approved of the plan.


Grant Decisions: CCHI will employ a competitive process to fund a minimum of 5 coalitions with a grant of up to $50,000 each. Applications will be reviewed by an Independent Review Committee. Coalition grant applications will be required to demonstrate a collaborative approach to identifying the population health priority and development of the Community Action Plan. Applicants must include strong letters of commitment as part of the application process. Final grant decisions will reflect a combination of application scores, strength of stakeholder participation, need identified in the applications, diversity of approaches and the perceived readiness of the community to engage in this process. More information can be found in the Community Health Planning grant application.


NBCH /CCHI Role: NBCH will develop a template for the summits that identifies potential data sources and planning tools and that discusses effective strategies for engaging multiple stakeholders. CCHI will also provide a template for the Community Action Plan.


Resources

CCHI encourages coalitions to visit a number of sites that provide examples of data and community based initiatives that may assist communities in the application and implementation phase of this seed grant.


Community Coalitions Health Institute / Community Health Partnerships Resource Page


America’s Health Rankings

For over 20 years, America's Health Rankings® has been tracking the state of the nation's health. This analysis provides a comprehensive perspective on our national health issues, state by state. The 2010 Rankings features an interactive map where users can explore these statistics, compare states side-by-side, and learn what communities can do to improve health in the future.


Centers For Disease Control and Prevention / Community Guide to Preventive Services

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help communities choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in the community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions:

  • Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective?
  • Are there effective interventions that are right for my community?
  • What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?

County Health Rankings

This first-of-its-kind collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences the health of communities. The County Health Rankings are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project.


Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH)


For Information contact:

Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH – Lgreenberg@nbch.org

Suzanne Mercure, Smercure@nbch.org


Applications must be submitted electronically by COB February 28, 2011 to Lgreenberg@nbch.org





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