The BUILD Health Challenge® supports innovative partnerships that bring together public health departments, hospitals and health systems, and community organizations to drive sustainable improvements in community health.

The BUILD Health Challenge recognizes that the greatest influence on a community’s health and well-being can be attributed to social, environmental, and economic factors like early childhood development, employment opportunities, food availability, air and water quality, transportation, education, safety and housing. Yet all too often there are not enough resources available to address important health issues within a community.

BUILD was created in 2014 by the de Beaumont Foundation in partnership with several others to improve public health outcomes. BUILD — which stands for bold, upstream, integrated, local, and data-driven approaches to change – set out to fund innovative community-led partnerships that bridge the gaps between public health departments, health systems, and communities. BUILD-recognized programs serve as models that highlight best practices for communities looking to move resources, action, and attention upstream.

Stakeholders from the second cohort of the BUILD Health Challenge.

Current BUILD awardees:

  • Avondale Children Thrive (Cincinnati) – Children’s health
  • Bridging Health and Safety in Near Northside (Houston) – Safe communities
  • BUILD Health Aurora (Aurora, Colo.) – Children’s health
  • Building Uplifted Families (Charlotte, N.C.) – Safe communities
  • Cleveland Healthy Home Data Collaborative (Cleveland) – Healthy housing
  • Collaborative Cottage Grove (Greensboro, N.C.) – Community revitalization
  • Developing a Community-Driven Health Equity Data System to Enhance Resident Mobility (New Orleans) – Transportation
  • FLOURISH St. Louis: Improving Transportation Access to Help Mothers and Babies Thrive (St. Louis) – Maternal and child health
  • Forward, Franklin (Franklin Borough, N.J.) – Safe communities
  • Healthy Homes Des Moines (Des Moines, Iowa) – Healthy housing
  • Healthy Together Medical-Legal Partnership for Improving Asthma in Southeast DC (Washington, D.C.) – Medical-legal
  • Home Preservation Initiative for Healthy Living (Philadelphia) – Healthy housing
  • New Brunswick Healthy Housing Collaborative (New Brunswick, N.J.) – Healthy housing
  • One Northside Center for Lifting Up everyBody (Pittsburgh) – Safe communities
  • Project Detour (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Addiction
  • Raising of America Partnership Boulder County (Lafayette, Colo.) – Children’s health
  • Reducing Tobacco Use Through Innovative Data Sharing and Creative Engagement Strategies (Covington and Gallatin Counties, Ky.) – Tobacco control
  • Transforming Breastfeeding Culture in Mississippi (Jackson, Miss.) – Maternal and child health
  • Trenton Transformation: A Safe & Healthy Corridor (Trenton, N.J.) – Community revitalization


Since BUILD launched its first cohort four years ago, it has supported more than 37 communities across the United States through funding and capacity building initiatives. The impact of these projects has helped to drive sustainable improvements in community health, contain downstream health care costs, and promote health equity.

  • In Harris County, Texas, the Harris County BUILD Health Partnerships stakeholders came together to leverage each of their individual strengths in a shared vision to address food insecurity and high rates of childhood obesity. They cultivated more than 30 dynamic, multi-sector partnerships using a collective impact model; provided more than 200 food scholarships and food prescriptions; established five new “Community Trustee” roles emphasizing community leaderships and decision making; and distributed more than 38,000 pounds of fresh produce from the local food bank to residents. Learn more.
  • In Des Moines, Iowa, the Healthy Homes Des Moines collaborative achieved their goals of demonstrating feasibility of implementing a housing initiative to impact a health outcome. By the end of their two-year effort, they had provided in-home asthma education to 62 families and made repairs in 42 homes valued at $150,000. Thirty-eight of the families completed all intervention steps and on average the participating children experienced 6.2 more asthma-free days per month. Learn more.
  • In Albuquerque, N.M., the Addressing Healthcare’s Blindside in Albuquerque’s South Side (AHBASS) team addressed chronic disease and self-management through a multi-sector collaboration by establishing a referral tracking system and a Mobile Farmers Market. In addition, the Healthy Here Wellness Referral Center, an integrated chronic disease management referral system, was designed and implemented to link clinics to community resources in order to improve health outcomes. Learn more.