The BUILD Health Challenge is creating a new norm in the U.S., by putting multi-sector, community-driven partnerships at the center of health to reduce health disparities caused by system-based or social inequity.
In the United States, more than 95 percent of health care spending is dedicated to the provision of direct medical services. However, medical care accounts for only a fraction of population health status in the nation. A far greater share of health outcomes, as much as 70 percent, can be attributed to the interplay and influence of social, physical, and economic environments on health behaviors. BUILD awardees work to improve communities that are adversely affected by these factors, which are often referred to as the social determinants of health.
This national program strengthens partnerships between community-based organizations, hospitals and health systems, local health departments, and others, to cultivate a shared commitment to moving resources, attention, and action upstream to drive sustainable improvements in community health.