Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Office of Health Equity Funding Announcement: Health Disparities Grant Program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Office of Health Equity (OHE) is pleased to announce the release of a new Request for Application (RFA) for the Health Disparities Grant Program (HDGP) on March 30, 2021.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) acknowledges that long-standing systemic racism, including economic and environmental injustice, has created conditions that negatively affect marginalized communities, particularly people of color. These conditions, which limit opportunities for optimal health and influence individual behaviors, are critical predictors of health outcomes. To realize a future where all Coloradans can thrive, we must be leaders in undoing policies and practices that have contributed to these inequities. Reducing health disparities through policies, practices and organizational systems can help improve opportunities for all Coloradans.

In planning its next grant cycle (Fiscal Years 2022-2025), the OHE knew we had to make a temporary change in focus to address the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a disproportional increase in health disparities among the most vulnerable. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on communities, especially for Black and Brown communities, amplifying inequities these communities have faced for generations. Communities experienced a breakdown in systems such as education and childcare, while other issues were illuminated and exacerbated such as housing and economic injustices. The HDGP seeks to fund lead agencies with multisector partnerships to work on systems and policy changes related to COVID-19 recovery or community resilience. The local initiatives will use evidence-based strategies to overcome health disparities in the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pulmonary disease.

We have funding for a 3-year cycle to support lead agencies that have resources, partnerships and community engagement or community power building skills to create a foundation to improve social infrastructure and healthy outcomes. These lead agencies will convene cross-sector partners and community members to change policies or systems which can ultimately have a positive impact on reducing incidences of cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. These lead agencies must demonstrate strengths in building trust and community power, guiding vision and strategy and supporting aligned activities.

The deadline for application submission is May 11, 2021. Details of the funding opportunity and application materials may be found here.

Applicant webinar: April 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Use this link to attend. Meeting ID 849 5971 7001, Passcode dr4ZcR

Please forward this announcement to your network, if appropriate.

If you are interested in serving as an application reviewer, we would like to partner with you! If so, please reply to this email indicating your interest.

Office of Health Equity

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