Thursday, September 28, 2017

State health announces health equity funding opportunity

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Health Disparities Grant Program FY19-21 RFA #8473

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office of Health Equity (OHE) acknowledges that generations-long social, economic and environmental inequities result in poorer health. They affect communities differently and have a greater influence on health than either individual choices or a person's ability to access health care. Reducing health disparities through policies, practices and organizational systems can help improve opportunities for all Coloradans.

To address these issues, the purpose of the HDGP is to ensure all Coloradans have an equal opportunity to live in thriving communities and achieve their full potential. To accomplish this (including preventing diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease and addressing health disparities), the OHE realizes we need to look at factors that affect where we are born, grow, live, learn, work, play and age. This includes social and economic factors that go beyond the realm of the health sector and are a result of unequal allocation of power and resources, such as unequal education, employment, social support, community safe, housing, transportation and environmental conditions.

These factors are called "upstream determinants" because they begin to have a negative impact on a person's health long before the person is diagnosed with a disease. Addressing these determinants presents an opportunity to prevent diseases from developing. By funding programs, policies and practices that address these upstream determinants, we can influence healthy social, economic and environmental conditions that have a sustainable impact.

In this RFA, HDGP is soliciting applications from agencies with existing multisector partnerships to work on systems and policy changes focused on upstream determinants of health. The deadline for application submission is November 29, 2017 by 5 p.m. (MST). Details of the funding opportunity and application materials may be found here.

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