CHIA Timeline 2017 V1CHIA 2017 Grant Cycle TimelineThe fifth annual Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) grant cycle is now open! 

501(c)(3) organizations interested in:
    • Thinking boldly and creatively about solutions to "on the ground" health challenges our communities face
    • Working in partnership with UAB mentors and other experts in the Birmingham metropolitan area
    • Fostering new collaborations to tackle a community problem are encouraged to register for CHIA 2017!!

healthconcernsTo participate in the CHIA process, you or a representative of your team must attend the mandatory Innovation Workshop, tenatively scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9am-3pm at UAB’s The Edge of Chaos, located on the 4th Floor of the UAB Lister Hill LibraryRegistration for the Innovation Workshop is open until close of business Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Below you will find a link to register for the Innovation Workshop, as well as links to our CHIA information booklet, CHIA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and to a page highlighting recent CHIA winners. 

Help us promote CHIA 2017! 
Download our flyer and distribute to friends, colleagues, neighbors who may have a novel idea for solving an "on the ground" health challenge in Birmingham. 

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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.

Contributions from UAB's offices, schools, and college help fund the Community Health Innovation Awards, which is also supported by the with funding from the National Institutes of Health Grant UL1TR001417. 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. 

New in 2017, we are joined by CO.STARTERS, a 10-week program that helps aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs examine assumptions and turn ideas into action. More than a course, CO.STARTERS is the starting point for building a vibrant startup community

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.