There are a myriad of factors which impact health outcomes. Only recently have we begun to acknowledge that nonclinical factors such as housing, transportation, food access, educational attainment, and income more greatly impact health outcomes than health care services alone. These factors are often referred to as social determinants of health or upstream factors, and they are the focus of the BUILD Health Challenge, which is looking to add 17+ community collaboratives in their newest round of funding and support.
BUILD is a national funding collaborative focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals and families through BOLD, UPSTREAM, INTEGRATED, LOCAL, and DATA-DRIVEN community-driven projects. Its diverse founders, including the Colorado Health Foundation, understand the need to build cross-sectional collaboration across disciplines as well as focusing on upstream factors to effectively and sustainably improve community health. It is the hospital-community-public health partnership that makes this program both unique and sustainable.
Three of the grants BUILD intends to award in this next round of funding will be dedicated to the state of Colorado. Please visit the BUILD Health Challenge website to view more details about the award and eligibility. There will be a webinar on January 31 to go over the details of the award--interested parties must register on the BUILD Health Challenge website. Applications for the BUILD Health Challenge will be accepted between January 10-February 21 2017 (deadline 5pm EST).