The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is planning to launch a call for proposals for funding in February 2014. Grants will support health impact assessment, or HIA, demonstration projects as well as development of HIA programs to integrate health in decision-making.
An HIA helps to identify and address the likely health benefits and risks of a decision made in a field outside the health sector. The major health problems facing the nation—such as obesity, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and injuries—are driven by conditions in the places where we live and work. HIAs help to address those problems by factoring health into the policies and projects that shape those places.
Eligible organizations include nonprofits; state, local and tribal agencies; and educational institutions.
For the HIA demonstration projects, priority will be given to applicants in regions where little HIA activity has occurred to date. For the HIA program grants, priority will be given to applicants that have completed at least one HIA successfully but have not yet established the systems, partnerships, and funding mechanisms needed to implement a sustainable HIA program. Under both initiatives, priority will be given to HIAs on innovative topics for which relatively few HIAs have been completed. Complete selection criteria will be available with the 2014 call.
Final grant award decisions will be announced in the fall of 2014.
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