The BUILD Health Challenge was designed to encourage communities to build meaningful partnerships among hospitals and health systems, community-based organizations, their local health department and other organizations to improve the overall health of local residents.

The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation identify, accelerate and spotlight best practice models and innovative approaches that reorient the field toward upstream factors that influence health. These factors – often referred to as the social determinants of health – include influences as diverse as early childhood development, economic opportunity, regulation and policy, the built environment, transportation and infrastructure, educational attainment, public safety, and housing.

These five partners collaboratively issued a call to action and invited communities to take part in this nationwide effort. This resulted in 18 funded communities: seven implementation awardees and 11 planning awardees.


The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation combined their unique assets and expertise to create a national award program. Together, they inspire communities to take innovative and collaborative approaches to improving population health by directly addressing the social determinants of health.

The awards recognize and support integrative health interventions built on partnerships forged between health systems, community-based organizations and leaders, and local health departments. Our funded communities take upstream approaches to improve community health and promote health equity. In addition to funding, our communities gain access to a comprehensive package of technical assistance and support services that guide them in their planning and implementation efforts.

Our Funding Partners

The BUILD Health Challenge brings together an unusual set of funding partners in The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The partnership comprises three not-for-profit foundations and a publicly traded firm, and their missions range from improving the practice of public health to expanding opportunities in America’s cities.

By forging this collaboration, these partner organizations hope to inspire similar teamwork between diverse organizations at a community level, adding to the knowledge base for community health and discover new best practices for the field.

The Advisory Board Company

The Advisory Board Company is a global technology, research and consulting firm partnering with 4,500 organizations and more than 200,000 leaders across health care and higher education. Through its innovative membership model, the Company collaborates with executives and their teams to elevate performance and solve their most pressing challenges. The Company provides strategic guidance, actionable insights, web-based software solutions and comprehensive implementation and management services. For more information, visit

The de Beaumont Foundation

Since 1998, the de Beaumont Foundation has worked to transform the practice of public health in the United States. Founded by Pierre S. de Beaumont, the Foundation primarily supports practice-based projects that provide training and education to the public health workforce; build public health infrastructure; and improve information and data management through innovative technology. For more information, visit

The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grantmaking, public policy, investing in evaluation, private sector partnerships and strategic communications. For more information, visit

The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development efforts in Detroit. In 2013, the Board of Trustees approved 316 awards totaling $122 million; $128 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, our Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $16 million in 2013. For more information, visit

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit

Other Partners

Practical Playbook, Housing Partnership Network, Prevention Institute and the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program located at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.