The Community Health Innovation Awards provide a unique chance for participants to design, develop, and implement innovative ideas for solving their most challenging community health needs. Teams will work closely with mentors to develop their ideas for presentation to a panel of judges. A total of at least $50,000 has been made available for community projects ranging from $5,000-$25,000 each.
BackgroundOver the past year One Great Community (OGC), the CCTS community engagement component, has discussed the idea of creating opportunities for community-initiated research and/or service projects. These discussions resulted in a survey of Neighborhood Association leaders to find out what they considered the most pressing community health concerns facing Birmingham residents. The top five concerns were:
Therefore, Community Health Innovation Award applications must target one or more of these areas in a creative and innovative manner. Applications can be no longer than 2-3 pages, plus a brief budget page. They must include information on community involvement, community strength, how the project is based on reliable information, what makes the project unique, and what will result if the project is successful. See the application form for details on the process.
Funding for the Community Health Innovation Awards has been provided by the following groups:
PHASE ONE: Project Team Interest Aug. 13: Award application made availableSept. 5: Registration form dueSept. 8: Required Innovation Workshop #1 held (this is when the teams/mentors are developed) PHASE TWO: Project Idea DevelopmentSept. 21: Draft of application due for review PHASE THREE: Project Idea Finalization and PresentationOct. 6: Workshop # 2 held to refine project proposalsOct. 12: Final application dueOct. 19: Presentation competition to panel of judgesOct. 23 Awards Ceremony at the Edge of Chaos
If you have any questions about the process or requirements, please contact Shauntice Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-413-4507).