Registration for the fifth annual Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) grant cycle is now closed! Please note: No on-site registration will be available at the CHIA workshop on Saturday, March 4th. If you missed the March 1st deadline for CHIA 2017, we encourage you to subscribe to the CCTS Digest to stay informed about the opening of registration for our sixth annual CHIA in 2018. Thanks!

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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.