[Duke Community and Family Medicine]

The BUILD Health Challenge announced today that it awarded grants to 18 groundbreaking projects that aim to improve health in low-income communities.

The projects were recognized on the strengths of their bold, upstream, integrated, local and data-driven approaches to address the social and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on health.

The BUILD Health Challenge was founded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to encourage community partnerships among local non-profit organizations, hospitals and health systems, and health departments to improve the health and well-being of their residents.

A driving force in the BUILD Health Challenge is A Practical Playbook, a joint project developed by the de Beaumont FoundationDuke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Practical Playbook will provide technical assistance to BUILD Health awardees.

“With the BUILD Health Challenge, A Practical Playbook will be on the front lines of understanding how collaboration between primary care, public health and community non-profits actually takes place: what the common challenges are, what best practices can be created from these experiences, and how to replicate successful outcomes,” said Lloyd Michener, M.D., professor and chair of Duke Community and Family Medicine.

The funding collaborative awarded both implementation and planning grants to support community-driven initiatives. Seven implementation awardees received $250,000 over two years to strengthen existing partnerships, jump-start more advanced health data and analytics initiatives, and expand their impact. Eleven planning awardees received $75,000 to kick-start still-nascent projects addressing specific health challenges with a committed group of community partners. The partnering health system or systems on each implementation award have also committed a 1:1 match with financial and in-kind support to advance the partnership’s goals.

Read the full press release, including a list of awardees, from The Advisory Board Company.