Health is influenced by more than an individual's health behaviors and their access to health care services. Nonclinical factors such as housing, transportation, food access, educational attainment, and income greatly impact health outcomes. These factors are often referred to as social determinants of health or upstream factors, and they are the focus of the BUILD Health Challenge. The initiative is looking to add 17+ community collaboratives in their newest round of funding and support.
BUILD is a national funding collaborative focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals and families through BOLD, UPSTREAM, INTEGRATED, LOCAL, and DATA-DRIVEN community-driven projects. Its diverse founders, including the Colorado Health Foundation, understand the need to build cross-sectional collaboration across disciplines as well as focusing on upstream factors to effectively and sustainably improve community health. The hospital-community-public health partnership make this program both unique and sustainable.
Three of the grants BUILD intends to award in this next funding round will be dedicated to the state of Colorado. Please visit the BUILD Health Challenge application website to view more details about the award and eligibility. There will be a webinar on January 31 to go over the details of the award--interested parties must register on the BUILD Health Challenge website. Applications for the BUILD Health Challenge will be accepted between January 10-February 21 2017 (deadline 5pm EST).