SPECIAL ISSUE | The Spark: Ideas in Innovation | July 2019
Funding Opportunity Now Open:
Cross-sector Innovation Initiative
The Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) and the Center for Sharing Public Health Services (CSPHS), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), are jointly leading the Cross-sector Innovation Initiative(CSII) to examine the unique role of public health in fostering work across multiple sectors addressing social determinants of health and health equity. The CSII is excited to announce today’s release of a Call for Proposals (CFP) seeking collaborations aimed at aligning and supporting partnerships among public health, healthcare, and social services sectors. Proposals will be submitted in a two-phase process and must be submitted through the RWJF online system.
Up to 10 grantees will be selected to receive awards of up to $150,000 each for projects that will last between 18 and 24 months, starting in early 2020. Eligible applicants must be part of established collaborations, although it is anticipated that selected collaborations will have reached different levels of maturity. The collaborations must include, at a minimum, partners from multiple organizations representing public health, healthcare, and social services. Applicants may be governmental or non-profit organizations from the public health, healthcare, or social services sectors, and one or more health departments must have a leading or prominent role in the collaboration.
All grantees will participate in a learning community designed to promote peer-to-peer exchange and foster knowledge transfer throughout the project period. While the CFP does not specify topics or categories of work, grantees will be required to work collaboratively to address at least one root cause or social determinant of health, based on an identified community need or priority, that will lead to improvements in population health.
About the Cross-sector Innovation Initiative:
Complex health problems facing communities today require creative solutions that can impact the root causes that deprive many people of the opportunity to reach their best health potential. Addressing these issues requires partnerships that work across different sectors, leverage an array of expertise and resources, and develop synergistic solutions that are more powerful than what is possible by working alone. Led jointly by PHNCI and the CSPHS, with funding from RWJF, the CSII is a three-year endeavor designed to support partnerships among public health, healthcare, and social service sectors to improve population health, wellbeing, and equity for all. The CSII will examine the unique role of public health in fostering work across multiple sectors addressing social determinants of health and health equity.
About the Public Health National Center for Innovations:
Since 2015, PHNCI, a division of the Public Health Accreditation Board, has aimed to identify, implement, and spread innovations in public health practice to help meet the health challenges of the 21st century in communities nationwide. PHNCI acts as a leader to coordinate and align national initiatives and share innovative ideas as communities transform to improve health outcomes. At the core of PHNCI’s current body of work are learning communities comprised of statewide coalitions, health departments, and other agencies implementing the systems transformations and innovations needed to improve public health practice and health outcomes.
About the Center for Sharing Public Health Services:
Since 2012, CSPHS has served as a national resource on cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS), building the evidence and producing and disseminating tools, methods, and models to assist public health agencies and policymakers as they consider and adopt CJS approaches. CJS is a strategy that involves collaboration between health departments across jurisdictional boundaries. The purpose of CJS is to deliver public health services and address problems that cannot easily be solved by a single organization or jurisdiction. Based on steps along the Roadmap to Develop Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Initiatives, the CSPHS and its companion website COMPASS provide access to tools, methods, and models to help explore, prepare for, plan, implement, and improve a CJS arrangement.