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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action (HFC)

Date: June 1, 2018

Time: All Day

Contact: Vanity Campbell

Sponsor: Contracts and Grants

Event Details

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action (HFC)

Funding Opportunity Number: Not applicable

Funding Organization's Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM PST (Due date for required pre-proposal)

Discipline/Subject Area: Public health

ANR Priority Area(s): HFC

Funding Available($): Not specified


Description: The  purpose of this call for proposals (CFP) is to improve our understanding of the Action Area 1 drivers and outcomes related to health, well-being and equity, particularly with respect to disadvantaged children and families.

Action Area 1, “Making Health a Shared Value” is a central component of the Action Framework, and highlights the importance of individual, family, and community factors in renewing and sustaining a societal commitment to health and health equity. We seek evidence on the extent to which Action Area 1 drivers—mindsets and expectations, sense of community, and civic engagement—can be changed through intervention at the individual or population levels to result in better health, well-being and equity outcomes.

Action Area 1 consists of three drivers:

• Mindsets and expectations—how people think about health, well-being and equity, and the extent to which they value health and view their own health as interconnected with the health of others. Mindsets and expectations, at both the individual and community levels, impact the decisions and actions necessary to promote health.

• Sense of community—ways in which people feel connected to physical or social communities. People with stronger social support generally have better health, and more cohesive communities and groups can be more effective at mobilizing to bring about change.

• Civic engagement—the wide range of activities that individuals and groups perform, including voting, volunteering, organizing, and other forms of service or advocacy, to bring changes to society. Engagement occurs at both the individual or organizational level; both are considered essential to creating the conditions that enable populations to thrive.

An ideal study to provide such evidence would experimentally manipulate a driver, measure changes in that driver, and then measure resulting health impacts. However, we recognize that a variety of constraints could preclude such a design within the parameters of this funding opportunity. Thus, we have established two key aims for funding under this CFP:

• Aim 1: To test the effects of specific interventions on the Action Area 1 drivers, in order to determine the extent to which they can be changed; and
• Aim 2: To establish evidence of causal relationships between Action Area 1 drivers and health outcomes.

While projects that can achieve both aims are preferred, we also anticipate funding research that addresses either of the aims independently. In addition, we hope to support research that can assess the potential of drivers to “move the needle” on health, well-being, and equity outcomes for children and families by examining Action Area 1 drivers within the context of underlying and structural determinants of health.

There is not an explicit budget per grant. Grant periods are flexible, with total durations of up to 48 months, and preference for projects that produce findings in the near term.

Full proposals will be due on August 31, 2018.


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