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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evaluating High-Value Innovations from Low-Resource Communities

Deadline: December 10, 2015

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to seeking value from all levels of investment in health care, public health, and population health. Through this call for proposals the Foundation intends to pursue several objectives: (1) to identify promising innovations to improve health being implemented in low-resource communities, (2) to evaluate whether the innovations improve health care quality and health without increasing costs; and (3) to disseminate these innovations as examples for other communities to implement. The evaluation of innovations from low-resource communities is the primary objective of this call for proposals.

The Foundation is interested in funding evaluations of innovations with the following features:

1) Innovations that are set in and meant to benefit the health of people in a low-resource community

  • A community may be a geographic area (for example, all or part of a neighborhood, town, city, or county) or a well-specified target population (for example, low-income children with special health care needs) in a less strictly defined geographic setting
  • Innovations that are meant to benefit adults and children with complex medical and social needs are of great interest. Complex needs often stem from physical and/or behavioral health conditions that are compounded by sociodemographic characteristics associated with vulnerability
  • Innovations that are set in rural communities are of particular interest; however, a rural setting is not a requirement

2) Innovations that are intended to substantially improve a pressing community health problem

  • Innovations proposed for evaluation should represent new and better ways of providing health services or otherwise promoting health that displace or disrupt less effective, less efficient practices
  • Innovations that contribute to better integration of health care, public health, and social services are of great interest
  • Innovations that generate value by decreasing the use of inappropriate or redundant services or increase use of high-value care are of great interest

3) Innovations that are consumer-focused and recognize consumers as important arbiters of value

  • Innovations that focus on the health-related goals and needs of consumers, caregivers and communities are of great interest
  • Innovations that help ensure that consumers have the influence, tools, and ability to play an integral role in staying healthy and defining and receiving high-value care are of great interest
  • Innovations that include consumers and community groups in decisions about local health care, public health, and social service systems are of great interest

Amount: Up to $2,500,000 is available for 10 awards.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

Link: http://www.rwjf.org/cfp/ivc

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