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The BUILD Health Challenge

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the BUILD Health Challenge will give two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. 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.

The BUILD Health Challenge invites collaborative proposals that will identify, highlight, and advance new models for improving community health and health equity. The Challenge aims to identify and share the most promising innovations and best practices with the rest of the country.

BUILD Health will award up to $7.5 million in grants, low-interest loans, and program-related investments over two years. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control – such as neighborhood safety, so kids can go out and play, or whether there’s a grocery store in the area, so residents have the opportunity to buy healthy food.

By giving these awards to collaborative partnerships, we hope that many parts of the community will combine their strengths and capabilities to give everyone a chance to live a healthy life, particularly in low-income urban neighborhoods where these opportunities have not been prevalent.

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