News  |  July 30, 2019

PHNCI and the Center for Sharing Public Health Services (CSPHS), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), are jointly leading the Cross-sector Innovation Initiative (CSII) to examine the unique role of public health in fostering work across multiple sectors addressing social determinants of health and health equity. The CSII is excited to release a call for proposals (CFP) seeking collaborations aimed at aligning and supporting partnerships among public health, healthcare, and social services sectors.

Up to 10 grantees will be selected to receive awards of up to $150,000 each for projects that will last between 18 and 24 months, starting in early 2020. Eligible applicants must be part of established collaborations, although it is anticipated that selected collaborations will have reached different levels of maturity. The collaborations must include, at a minimum, partners from multiple organizations representing public health, healthcare, and social services. Applicants may be governmental or non-profit organizations from the public health, healthcare, or social services sectors, and one or more health departments must have a leading or prominent role in the collaboration.

All grantees will participate in a learning community designed to promote peer-to-peer exchange and foster knowledge transfer throughout the project period. While the CFP does not specify topics or categories of work, grantees will be required to work collaboratively to address at least one root cause or social determinant of health, based on an identified community need or priority, that will lead to improvements in population health. In addition, grantees will be required to intentionally move collaborations beyond single-focused, time-limited projects towards working in alignment to institutionalize collaborative efforts as a way of doing business to promote population health and impact health equity.

Proposals will be submitted in a two-phase process and must be submitted through the RWJF online system, and brief proposals are due by September 5, 2019 at 3PM ET.

Complex health problems facing communities today require creative solutions that can impact the root causes that deprive many people of the opportunity to reach their best health potential. Addressing these issues requires partnerships that work across different sectors, leverage an array of expertise and resources, and develop synergistic solutions that are more powerful than what is possible by working alone. Led jointly by PHNCI and the CSPHS, with funding from RWJF, the CSII is a three-year endeavor designed to support partnerships among public health, healthcare, and social service sectors to improve population health, wellbeing, and equity for all.