The BUILD Health Challenge® (BUILD) invites communities with innovative ideas to address health disparities caused by systemic or social inequities to apply for its new fourth cohort (4.0). As a BUILD community, your team will be part of a special cohort leading the way to the creation of a new norm in the U.S.—one that advances health equity and racial justice by centering multi-sector and community-driven partnerships.
The Challenge: Good health is the foundation of a thriving community. Yet not everyone in America is afforded the opportunity to achieve their optimal level of health, due to systems, policies, and practices grounded in racism that create and perpetuate inequities.
BUILD seeks to support communities in their efforts to advance health equity—to ensure that no one is disadvantaged from achieving their full health potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.
The Award: With a specific focus on strengthening cross-sector and community-driven partnerships, BUILD awards are designed to support collaborations ready to put Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven plans into action. Organizations jointly applying for a BUILD award should have a strong track record of working together; have developed their joint priorities and implementation plans with strong levels of community engagement and leadership; and be primed to advance equitable systems-level changes in their community.
For this fourth cohort, BUILD is looking to support up to 19 innovative community collaboratives that include a: 1) community-based organization, 2) hospital/health system and/or health plan, 3) public health department, and 4) residents, who are all working together in dynamic ways to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health. Inclusion of additional cross-sector partners such as businesses, universities, foundations, and others that are aligned with proposed efforts are encouraged.
Each award includes:
- Up to $300,000 in funding over three years
- A robust array of coaching and support services
- Specialized trainings and capacity-building opportunities
- Participation in a national network of peers engaged in similar work
- Opportunity to spotlight your local work on a national level
Who Should Apply? BUILD awards are most appropriate for collaborations that have already developed a well-defined action plan with clear roles, strategies, and goals, and where an infusion of philanthropic support and access to a strong peer network could accelerate their work within three years and reinforce their path toward sustainability. Applications that clearly address the BUILD principles in dynamic ways, prioritize health equity, and focus on population level health outcomes will be considered the most competitive.
Applicants need not be working specifically on health-related issues or have a health-focused mission. Outside sectors (e.g., community development, housing, food, transportation, etc.) are encouraged to apply.
Activities commonly found in the program plans of BUILD awardees include:
- Advancing systems-level change, including policy solutions that will create fairer and more just opportunities for health (e.g., changes in local laws, regulations, or organizational policies, shifts in funding, reimbursements, or resources).
- Collaborating strategically across organizations and sectors to enhance practices and ways of working.
- Expanding the range of committed partners to bring complementary sets of expertise, resources, and capacities to the table.
- Developing robust data-sharing and evaluation processes to inform intervention strategies, strengthen partnerships, improve the initiative, and measure impact.
- Engaging and empowering community members to inform strategy and guide activities.