RWJF Pioneer Portfolio Releases Call for Proposals
Applying Behavioral Economics to Perplexing Health and Health Care Challenges
Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2013 (3:00 p.m. EDT)
Through this solicitation, we seek innovative proposals that apply the principles and frameworks of behavioral economics to persistent and perplexing health and health care problems. We hope to discover new interventions and insight that have potential to dramatically improve the way health care is delivered and health is promoted and preserved. We are particularly interested in supporting experiments that test innovative solutions to the challenge of reducing the use of low-value services in health care. This problem is particularly important given the rising costs and unaffordability of health care in the United States, but has been difficult to impact in part due to perverse incentives in a fee-for-service environment.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is accepting applications (March 25th deadline) from cities for Leadership Academies on Reducing Childhood Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals. “Participating cities are eligible to receive additional grants of $30,000 to $60,000 to expand participation in Federal meal programs.” The training, “will provide teams of city officials, city staff, and other key stakeholders with strategies for maximizing federal reimbursement of afterschool and summer programs that serve healthy meals to children and youth.” NLC is hosting a webinar on Friday, March 8th at 1:00 p.m. (EST) for potential applicants.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate in The Winnable Battles Collaboration Project Applications are due Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. This project will foster collaboration between LHD maternal, child, and adolescent health and LHD chronic disease prevention staff, and enhance their capacity to carry out projects that support the CDC Winnable Battles related to tobacco and obesity prevention. This Request for Applications process will identify two (2) LHDs currently engaged in evidence-informed or evidence-based efforts to address the Winnable Battles. NACCHO will provide training and technical assistance to the selected LHDs to improve their capacity to conduct cross-cutting efforts, and process and outcome evaluation. The project period is March 15, 2013 – September 20, 2013
Selected LHDs will receive $5,000 each to:
- Develop an action plan to successfully complete a joint maternal, child, and adolescent health/chronic disease prevention event or activity;
- Increase collaboration among maternal, child, and adolescent health and chronic disease prevention staff;
- Increase their capacity to conduct process and outcome evaluations of their work, thereby improving their ability to build the evidence base for efforts to address the Winnable Battles; and
- Raise the national profile of LHD efforts to address the Winnable Battles.