About the Community Health Innovation Awards
In 2012, One Great Community established the Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) as an annual grant competition for organizations in the greater Birmingham area. At the heart of the CHIA process is the desire to foster innovation and new ways of thinking about challenging local issues.
CHIA is envisioned as a way for participants to think boldly and creatively about solutions to “on the ground” health challenges communities face, to work in partnership with some of the best minds in our area, and to partner with local organizations to complete a project. Participants will work collaboratively with local leaders, neighborhood groups, and the UAB community to develop ideas and share expertise as they work on developing their own project proposals.
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are awarded to local organizations whose ideas creatively and innovatively address community issues.
The program includes an intense schedule of workshops, proposal submissions, and a formal presentation to a panel of judges.
Participant organizations are encouraged to:
· Think boldly and creatively about solutions to "on the ground" health challenges community face
· Work in partnership with UAB mentors and other resources in the Birmingham metropolitan area
· Foster new collaborations to tackle a community problem
Contributions from UAB's offices, schools, and college fund the Community Health Innovation Awards. Award recipients complete their projects over a 12-month period and give regular progress updates to sponsoring units. Awardees are encouraged to leverage the awards for the additional commitment of resources through other grant and award opportunities.
What is One Great Community?
One Great Community is the community engagement component of UAB's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). Its goal is to connect basic science and clinical researchers with the multiple communities they serve. This collaboration will ensure that research efforts respond to and reflect the needs of the community through an active process of community involvement, dialogue, and mutual understanding.
CHIA 2016-2017 Grant Information
The fifth annual CHIA grant cycle is now open! Below are informational materials regarding this year’s grant cycle and past CHIA winners. In order to participate in the CHIA process, you or a representative of your team must attend the mandatory Innovation Workshop on Saturday, September 17 from 9am-1pm at UAB’s The Edge of Chaos. You must register for the Innovation Workshop.
Innovation Workshop Registration
Questions? Contact the CHIA Team at: CHIAteam2016@gmail.com