The BUILD Health Challenge encourages 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.

Supported by Advisory Board, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, de Beaumont Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, Episcopal Health Foundation, Interact for Health, The Kresge Foundation, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, New Jersey Health Initiatives, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Telligen Community Initiative, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation the BUILD Health Challenge works locally to effect national change.

This set of funding partners – coming together across sectors and national geography – aims to inspire similar teamwork between diverse organizations at a community level, add to the knowledge base for community health and discover new best practices for the field.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board, a division of The Advisory Board Company, is a best practices organization that uses a combination of research, technology, and consulting to improve the performance of more than 4,400 health care organizations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices worldwide, Advisory Board forges and finds the best new ideas and proven practices from its network of thousands of leaders, then customizes and hardwires them into every level of member organizations, creating enduring value.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is an independent, charitable foundation with the mission of improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians. Since its founding in 2000, BCBSNC Foundation has invested more than $110 million in North Carolina communities through nearly 870 grants. BCBSNC Foundation grantmaking and special initiatives are focused in three key areas: improving health outcomes of populations served by safety net organizations through improved access to medical and dental care; increasing physical activity and access to healthy, local foods; and increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and their leaders. More information is available at

The de Beaumont Foundation

The de Beaumont Foundation’s mission is to transform public health in the United States by improving the effectiveness and capacity of local and state health departments. The de Beaumont Foundation believes that a strong public health system is essential. The Foundation works to transform the practice of public health through strategic and engaged grantmaking. Programs funded by the Foundation build the capacity and stature of the public health workforce, improve public health infrastructure, and advance the distribution and relevancy of information and data in the field. 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 Episcopal Health Foundation

The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) believes all Texans deserve to be healthy. EHF is committed to transforming the health of our communities by going beyond just the doctor’s office. By providing millions of dollars in grants, working with congregations and community partners, and providing important research, we’re supporting solutions that address the underlying causes of poor health. EHF was established in 2013 and is based in Houston. With more than $1.2 billion in estimated assets, the Foundation operates as a supporting organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and works across 57 Texas counties. #HealthNotJustHealthcare

Interact for Health

Interact for Health is building healthy communities for all people. We serve as a catalyst for health and wellness by promoting healthy living through grants, education, research, policy, and engagement. Interact for Health is an independent foundation that serves 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, visit

The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit. In 2015, the Board of Trustees approved 370 awards totaling $125.2 million, and nine social investment commitments totaling $20.3 million. For more information, visit

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

Strengthening the community’s health has been the focus of the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation (MIHF) since it began in 1984. The Foundation’s mission is to serve as a catalyst and partner for improving the health of our community’s most vulnerable people.  MIHF’s HealthConnect strategic priority strives to connect non-traditional partners with the mutual goal to create opportunities and reduce social barriers to ensure healthy development for our most vulnerable children and youth.  Mid-Iowa Health Foundation commits resources to improving health in greater Des Moines, Iowa.

New Jersey Health Initiatives

Recognizing a special commitment and responsibility to its community and to its state, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) established the New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) program more than 25 years ago to honor the philanthropic legacy of RWJF’s founder, Robert Wood Johnson. Like the rest of the nation, New Jersey faces an array of challenges that prevent those working and residing in the state from living the healthiest life possible, and RWJF, through NJHI’s grantmaking programs, is committed to supporting initiatives that address those problems in the state. NJHI’s mission mirrors that of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — to improve the health and health care of all Americans. NJHI does this by striving to build a Culture of Health right here in New Jersey, the Foundation’s home state, that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.  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

Telligen Community Initiative

Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) works to provide financial support to projects and organizations that strive to improve the health of communities.  TCI’s overall goal is to ensure opportunities for health are available and accessible to everyone.  Our vision is to empower organizations and citizens to improve their individual and overall community health.  Our mission is to initiate and support innovative and forward-looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being and educational attainment.  The foundation provides funding to health-related projects and organizations in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit