News  |  June 14, 2017

A variety of common challenges pose barriers to innovation in public health, not the least of which have been repeated budget cuts, have outmoded technology, policies that restrict their ability to use social media and other modern communication methods, and more. Moreover, many departments have tremendous amounts of data but they are buried in siloes created by traditional government funding requirements for compliance in separate processes and databases. Despite these challenges, there are bright spots in innovation in public health, with emerging innovations that are then picked up, adapted, and adopted by other departments. Over the course of the next 17 months, PHNCI, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will support these bright spots in governmental public health through the Innovation Grant Program.

After a competitive Call for Proposals process, PHNCI is awarding $1.55 million to agencies implementing cross-sector innovations in health equity, data collection and analytics, health in all policies, systems redesign, and access to services. Over the course of the summer, we will begin sharing information about the grantees and invite you to follow their journey over the next 17 months to learn about how their initiatives might be applicable to adapt, adopt, or replicate in your community.