U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
The purpose of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) program is to provide funding to non-governmental entities, local public health offices, school districts, local housing authorities, local transportation authorities or American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages and tribal organizations to work through established multi-sectoral community coalitions that represent one of 3 designated geographic areas:
- Large Cities and Urban Counties (with populations of 500,000 or more),
- Small Cities and Counties (with populations between 50,000-499,999),
- American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages and tribal organizations.
Awardees will enhance their existing infrastructure by improving their staffing and fiscal management to meet the needs of the PICH funding announcement and maintain a functioning multi-sectoral community coalition. Required planning activities for PICH include developing a strong Community Action Plan (CAP). In addition, awardees must develop sound measurement plans including: 1) the estimation of the number of people with increased access to healthier environments as a result of implemented strategies from the CAP, and 2) demonstration of increased actual use of at least one healthier environment implemented by the awardee.
Funding will support implementation of evidenced- and practice-based strategies that address previously-identified community gaps and needs within a defined jurisdiction in order to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease and related risk factors. In order to reduce heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, population-based strategies should have both broad reach and moderate to large effects on chronic disease risk factors. These strategies and how they will be implemented should be described in awardee’s CAP. Strategies should focus, at a minimum, on two of the following four chronic disease risk factors or community conditions to reach a minimum of 75% of the population within a jurisdiction:
- Tobacco use and exposure,
- Poor nutrition,
- Physical inactivity, and
- Lack of access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities.
Eligibility: Government Organizations or their bona fide agents: Local public health offices; American Indian tribes or Alaskan Native villages; Local Housing Authorities; School districts; and local transportation authorities. Non-government Organizations: Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS status (other than institution of higher education); Nonprofit without 501C3 IRS status (other than institution of higher education)].
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