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Baltimore Receives "Preventing Youth Violence" Planning Grant from Kresge Foundation

Monday, June 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
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June 9, 2015

BUILD Health Challenge Announces 18 Inaugural Awardees Across the U.S.

Kresge joins funders backing new collaborations of local nonprofits, hospitals and health departments to address factors that determine health in low-income communities.

The BUILD Health Challenge  announced grants to 18 groundbreaking projects across the United States 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 BUILD Health Challenge– created in fall 2014 by the Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – encourages partnerships among local nonprofit organizations, hospitals and health systems and health departments. The BUILD Health Challenge plans to identify and disseminate the most promising models of population health improvement to stimulate initiatives in other communities.

The $8.5 million effort includes the grants announced today at a convening in Washington as well as loans to support efforts in the project communities, technical assistance to grantees and other support.

Kresge’s support comes from its Health Program, which seeks to overcome the economic and social inequities that contribute to poor health so that all Americans have the chance to enjoy productive, self-determined lives.

The funding collaborative awarded both implementation and planning grants to support community-driven initiatives addressing a variety of concerns, including obesity, youth violence, food access, affordable housing and preventable hospitalizations.

Seven implementation awardees are receiving $250,000 over two years to strengthen existing partnerships, jump-start more advanced health data and analytics initiatives and expand their impact. The health system partners on each implementation award have also committed a one-to-one match with financial and in-kind support to advance the partnership’s goals.

Eleven planning awardees received $75,000 to kick-start projects addressing specific health challenges with a committed group of community partners.

In addition, the BUILD Health Challenge will provide technical assistance for awardees in policy development, monitoring and evaluation and more from the Practical Playbook, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Prevention Institute.

Baltimore's Planning Grant:

Baltimore – Healing Together: Preventing Youth Violence in Upton/Druid Heights will develop a comprehensive youth violence prevention plan for the Druid Hill and Upton Heights neighborhoods. Led by the Druid Heights Community Development Center, Baltimore City Health Department and R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. 

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