New award program invites proposals for innovative community and hospital collaborations to catalyze healthy communities

The newly launched BUILD Health Challenge is seeking innovative proposals for community-based organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and other key stakeholders to work as partners on efforts that advance equity and community health.

Jointly funded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the BUILD Health Challenge supports Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, and Data-driven (BUILD) community collaborations within cities with populations greater than 150,000. The national award program is designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, BUILD Health will give two kinds of awards —planning and implementation. In addition to grants, awardees will have access to a broad range of support services, including technical assistance, coaching, and access to networks of population health innovators. Continue reading

NIH presentation about community-academic partnerships to address obesity among middle school students

On Thursday, March 20, Dr. Laura Bogart will be discussing the development and results of Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX), a five-week middle school-based obesity prevention intervention that combines school-wide food environmental changes, multimedia, encouragement to eat healthy school cafeteria foods, and peer-led education.

She will describe the formation and maintenance of the partnership with the participating school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as relevant community stakeholders; review the results of the randomized controlled trial; and discuss the policy impact of the research and program dissemination activities. Dr. Bogart is associate professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and research director of the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Continue reading