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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions

Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking globally for ideas to help us build a Culture of Health in the U.S., where everyone has the opportunity to live healthier lives, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. RWJF imagines a future where neighborhoods are designed with an eye toward physical activity and community engagement. Where health care providers focus on promoting wellness, not just treating illness. Where all sectors, from health care to social services to urban planning, work together with health in mind. This vision for the United States is a reality in many countries and communities around the world, and RWJF wants to learn from them.

The Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions program will support projects, programs, and models that promote health equity and are aligned with its Culture of Health Action Framework; this year, there is a particular interest in ideas that:

  • Build healthy places
  • Build social connection across the lifespan
  • Get and keep children healthy
  • Integrate health and social services
  • Increase the health care system’s focus on the root causes of poor health

Priority will be given to approaches that have demonstrated impact but have not been widely tested or implemented in the U.S.

Award: Grants will range from from $50,000 to $250,000 and will be funded for up to 18 months. The total number of grants is undetermined.

Eligibility: U.S.-based applicants with ideas for adapting an overseas model and international applicants with ideas that could work in the U.S. are eligible to apply. RWJF is seeking applicants who represent organizations from a wide range of fields and disciplines—both within and outside the health sector. It seeks to attract diversity of thought, professional background, race, ethnicity, and cultural perspective. Building a Culture of Health means integrating health into all aspects of society, so multisector partnerships and collaboration are encouraged.

Link: http://rwjf.ws/21AyQ5a

Note: A webinar for prospective applicants will be held on March 30, 2016.

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