Community Health Planning Seed Grant

In 2011, the National Business Coalition on Health, through the Community Coalitions Health Institute, and the United Health Foundation, launched the Community Health Planning Seed Grant program for NBCH member coalitions.

In response to the increasing incidence in debilitating and expensive chronic preventable disease and the economic challenges confronting states and local communities, the purpose of the community planning grants was to address local population health challenges. Utilizing the financial resources and oversight of United Health Foundation and the expertise of CCHI, this initiative was designed to support local communities to assess their key health challenges and implement locally appropriate interventions. Six NBCH member communities, through a competitive process, received grants of up to $50,000 to:

  • Facilitate the collection and analysis of state and locally relevant health data
  • Convene key stakeholders in a strategic planning process to identify priority opportunities for intervention
  • Coordinate and stimulate the development of community-based, philanthropic, corporate social responsibility, and government resources
  • Create a more fertile environment to sustain the health promotion agenda as a key community-wide priority, to assess progress, and to make refinements as necessary over time.

At the end of the grants, NBCH/CCHI developed a Technical Action Guide that summarizes the planning approaches and methods used by the six grantee coalitions participating in the Community Health Planning Seed Grant Program, with emphasis on how they mobilized and engaged community stakeholders. The Guide describes the critical lessons learned by the grantees and offer a set of best practice recommendations for other coalitions to follow in replicating this process of community consensus building to improve health outcomes. 

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