January 2021
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Tools, Reports, and Resources
BUILDING HEALTHY PLACES FACTSHEET SERIES: THE INTERSECTION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH FACTSHEET

The three-part factsheet series focuses on community development and health. Each factsheet identifies how the community development sector can partner and support health challenges across the country. The factsheets use evidence-based strategies and case studies of cross-sector partnerships to improve health equity and well-being for communities. The series includes: 1) Preventing and Ending Homelessness: Community Development’s Role 2) Community Development Counteracts Isolation, and 3) The Intersection of Community Development & Mental Health. Explore the factsheets to identify ways to partner and spark collaborations between community development and health sectors with the aim of improving health outcomes. Learn more.

THE PLANNER'S PLAYBOOK: A COMMUNITY-CENTERED APPROACH TO IMPROVING HEALTH AND EQUITY GUIDE

ChangeLab Solutions released The Planner’s Playbook: A Community-Centered Approach to Improving Health and Equity to provide a new set of practices and tools to equitably engage community planning to address structural disadvantage. The playbook provides guidance, resources, strategies, and examples for planners to center equity in their work to promote opportunity and prosperity in communities. Use the guide to learn strategies and resources to influence local governments' plans and policies to shape communities for equity. Learn more.

100 MILLION HEALTHIER LIVES: CASE STUDIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE - CASE STUDIES

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the 100 Million Healthier Lives (100MLives) initiative announced the release of a set of case studies featuring 10 organizations and how they used the Community of Solutions framework to transform the way their communities think and act to improve health, well-being, and equity. Read the case studies to learn strategies to change mindsets, develop strategic partnerships, identify root causes of inequity, create and test solutions, and build systems to improve health.  Learn more.

BLUEPRINT FOR COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP, EMPOWERMENT & PROSPERITY IN THE CHESAPEAKE FOODSHED - GUIDE

The Community Ownership Empowerment and Prosperity Action Team (COEP) of the Chesapeake Foodshed Network released the Blueprint for Community Ownership, Empowerment & Prosperity in the Chesapeake Foodshed. The guide provides six recommendations including groundwork strategies, strategies for system change, policy analysis, and examples and resources for addressing inequity in the regional food system. Use this Blueprint to spark robust dialogue in your community and organizations and build relationships, capacity, and funding for food and land equity.   Learn more.
Upcoming Events

FAMILIES USA'S 26TH ANNUAL ACTION CONFERENCE:
POWER. IMPACT. NOW.  
January 28-30, 2021 | Learn More
 
Join state and national health care advocates and policy professionals from across the country at this year’s 26th Annual Health Action Conference. Attendees will participate in, and contribute to, skills sharing and building workshops, attend engaging sessions, and network with fellow advocates and experts in the field. Participate in the conference to equip yourself with the tools you need to bring health to the forefront of your community in 2021.
CREATE GOOD CONFERENCE (Virtual) 
April 26-30, 2021 | Learn More

The Create Good Conference inspires nonprofit communicators with the newest tools and techniques. Learn from communication experts from around the country, tips, and resources to improve communications in your work and organization. Participate in the conference to strengthen your communication toolbox. 
Featured Community-Centered Health Initiative
 
SPOTLIGHT ON WEST MARION COMMUNITY FORUM

In this spotlight, West Marion Community Forum Executive Director and Equitable Community Strategies Principal Consultant share lessons learned in partnering with their community to build power and ignite change, and how they are gifting those learnings to the field through their book, Shift Happens in Community: A Toolkit to Build Power and Ignite Change. Read the interview to learn strategies for community engagement in your work. Learn more.
Funding & Leveraging Opportunities
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SUPPORTING GRASSROOTS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE EQUITABLE EARLY CHILDHOOD OUTCOMES (RFP)
Application Deadline: February 5, 2021

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust are collaborating on an RFP for grants to advance local- and state-level early childhood system and policy changes. The RFP was released the first week of January for three-year $100,000/year grants to advance early childhood policies, practices, institutions, and early childhood systems.  Learn more.

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO ADDRESS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND CHRONIC PAIN THROUGH CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Application Deadline: February 2, 2021

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will make eight awards to increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in self-management education for chronic disease.  Learn more.

*REMINDER* 

COMMUNITY HEALTH GRANT FY 22 RFA
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Community Health Grant funds, supported through the North Carolina General Assembly, are for assuring access to primary and preventive care to meet the health needs of our state’s most vulnerable populations. Strengthening the safety net through increased levels of collaboration and integration of services and organizations to more effectively sustain and meet the needs of those served is also an important purpose of this grant. Learn more.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION: PIONEERING IDEAS: EXPLORING THE FUTURE TO BUILD A CULTURE OF HEALTH
Application Deadline: Open

The purpose of the funding opportunity is to influence health equity in the future through four areas of focus: Future of Evidence, Future of Social Interaction, Future of Food, and Future of Work. The Pioneering Ideas funding opportunity invites applicants to anticipate the future and support unconventional approaches and breakthrough ideas that can support a future where everyone in the United States can live their healthiest life possible. Learn more.

RACIAL EQUITY 2030
Application Deadline: February 25, 2021

Racial Equity 2030 is a global challenge in honor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 90th anniversary. It is a call for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, their families, and communities. This $90 million challenge seeks ideas from anywhere in the world and will scale them over the next decade to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequity. Solutions may tackle the social, economic, political, or institutional inequities we see today. Learn more.


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