The BUILD Health Challenge

Grant Amount: $1,000,000 and Direct Charitable Activity

Recipient: de Beaumont Foundation Initiative

The de Beaumont Foundation partnered with the Advisory Board Company, The Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Colorado Health Foundation to launch an $8.5M initiative—The BUILD Health Challenge—to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among health systems, community-based organizations, local health departments, and other organizations that impact health in the community. By forging this complex partnership, the partner organizations hope to inspire similar teamwork between organizations at a community level, adding to the research and knowledge base for community health and discovering new best practices for the field.

On June 9, 2015, The BUILD Health Challenge announced grants to 18 groundbreaking projects that aim to improve health in low-income communities. The projects were recognized on the strengths of their BOLD, UPSTREAM, INTEGRATED, LOCAL, and DATA-DRIVEN approaches to address the social and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on health.

The funding collaborative awarded both implementation and planning grants to support community-driven initiatives. Seven implementation awardees received $250,000 over two years to strengthen existing partnerships, jump-start more advanced health data and analytics initiatives, and expand their impact. Eleven planning awardees received $75,000 to kick-start still-nascent projects addressing specific health challenges with a committed group of community partners. The partnering health system or systems on each implementation award have also committed a 1:1 match with financial and in-kind support to advance the partnership’s goals.

In addition, the BUILD Health Challenge will provide technical assistance for awardees in policy development, monitoring and evaluation, and more from the Practical Playbook, an interactive, web-based tool to facilitate, promote and inspire collaboration between primary care and public health professionals to improve population health; County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, which provide guidance and tools to understand how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play; and the Prevention Institute, a national non-profit organization that promotes policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts to prevent illness and injury and promote equity in the first place.

The BUILD Health Challenge Implementation Grant Awardees:

  • The Healthy Ontario Initiative of Ontario, CA will improve access to healthy,
    affordable food and safe places to be active in order to reduce high rates of obesity and
    obesity-related diseases. Led by Partners for Better Health, County of San Bernardino
    Department of Public Health, and San Antonio Regional Hospital
  • Engaging the Community in New Approaches to Healthy Housing of Cleveland,
    OH will remediate substandard housing in the Brooklyn Center neighborhood to curb
    lead poisoning, asthma, and heart disease. Led by Environmental Health Watch,
    Cleveland Department of Public Health, and The MetroHealth System
  • Healthy Homes East Bank of Des Moines, IA will collaborate to reduce asthma-related
    hospital visits by improving social and environmental factors in East Bank
    neighborhoods. Led by Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Polk County Health
    Department, Broadlawns Medical System, Mercy Medical Center, and UnityPoint Health
  • In Albuquerque, NM, Addressing Healthcare’s Blindside in Albuquerque’s South
    Side will expand access to healthy food and equip healthcare providers to refer patients
    to a service hub to address social and economic needs of community members in
    Albuquerque’s Southeast Heights and South Valley neighborhood. Led by Adelante
    Development Center, Bernalillo County Office of Health and Social Services, and
    Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  • The Bronx Healthy Buildings Program of Bronx, NY will improve housing conditions
    and energy efficiency for low-income residents in five Bronx neighborhoods to address
    high rates of asthma and preventable hospitalizations. Led by Northwest Bronx
    Community and Clergy Coalition, the New York City Department of Health and Mental
    Hygiene, and Montefiore Medical Center
  • Improving Health Through a Sustainable Food System of Pasadena, TX will
    develop a community-supported food system to reduce obesity and improve obesityrelated
    health outcomes. Led by Houston Food Bank, Harris County Public Health and
    Environmental Services, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, CHI St.
    Luke’s Health, and Memorial Hermann Health System
  • San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative of San Pablo, CA will promote economic
    development and reduce health disparities in West Oakland. Led by East Bay Asian
    Local Development Corporation, Alameda County Public Health Department, and Alta
    Bates Summit Medical Center

The BUILD Health Challenge Planning Grant Awardees:

  • In Los Angeles, CA, Youth Driven Healthy South Los Angeles will develop a plan to
    engage youth leaders to create a community with healthy food and inviting urban spaces
    while engaging promising area youth in leadership development to foster a sustained
    movement towards health, safety, and wellness. Led by National Health Foundation, Los
    Angeles County Department of Public Health, and California Medical Center
  • Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Screening and Support in Aurora of
    Aurora, CO will help connect families to a network of both clinical and community-based
    resources to address needs. Led by Together Colorado, Tri-County Health Department,
    and Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Project ACCESS (Assessment and Community Collaboration to Engage and
    Strengthen Southeast Colorado Springs) of Colorado Springs, CO will assess
    health data and research, engage community members, and mobilize the community to
    improve neighborhood safety and reduce violence. Led by YMCA of the Pikes Peak
    Region, El Paso County Public Health, and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
  • Health Forward/Salud Adelante of Chicago, IL will integrate legal, medical, and public
    health services to improve the health of the immigrant population in the New City and
    East Garfield Park neighborhoods. Led by Legal Assistance Foundation, Chicago
    Department of Public Health, and Cook County Health and Hospital System
  • Northeast Denver Unified of Denver, CO will develop solutions to the social,
    environmental, and economic factors that have the greatest impact on child health and
    wellness. Led by The Civic Canopy, Denver Public Health, and Denver Health’s
    Community Health Services
  • Healing Together: Preventing Youth Violence in Upton/Druid Heights of Baltimore,
    MD will develop a comprehensive youth violence prevention plan for the Druid Hill and
    Upton Heights neighborhoods. Led by Druid Heights Community Development Center,
    Baltimore City Health Department, and R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the
    University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Healthy Hill Initiative of Springfield, MA will improve public safety and spur economic
    development in the Old Hill neighborhood. Led by HAPHousing, Springfield Department
    of Health and Human Services, Baystate Health System, and Sisters of Providence
    Health System
  • Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Strategy of Detroit, MI will revitalize the
    blighted neighborhoods surrounding Chandler Park to create job opportunities, improve
    access to healthy food, strengthen transit infrastructure, and reduce crime. Led by
    Eastside Community Network, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion,
    and St. John Providence Health System – Community Health Investment Corporation
  • Seattle Chinatown-International District Healthy of Seattle, WA will develop a plan to
    improve economic development and housing in the city’s International District. Led by
    InterIm Community Development Association, Public Health Seattle and King County,
    and Swedish Medical Center
  • In Portland, OR, BUILDing Health and Equity in East Portland will work to reduce
    health disparities in East Portland by expanding access to affordable housing, green
    spaces, and healthy food. Led by Oregon Public Health Institute, Multnomah County
    Health Department, Providence Health and Services, Kaiser Permanente NW, Legacy
    Health, and Adventist Health
  • Building a Healthy and Resilient Liberty City of Liberty City, FL will collaborate to
    reduce violence and more effectively assist trauma victims in their recovery in the Liberty
    City neighborhood. Led by Florida Institute for Health Innovation, Florida Department of
    Health – Miami-Dade County, and Jackson Health Systems

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