The BUILD Health Challenge

Improving health through community, health system, and public health collaboration

A National Challenge to Improve Health in Your Community

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among health systems, community-based organizations, local health departments, and other organizations. The goal? To identify and address the complex, upstream problems that influence the overall health of local residents.

As health care executives, we know that health care extends well beyond acute care settings—into our homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Transforming health outcomes requires a coordinated effort to tackle such contributing factors as socio-economic conditions, transportation, housing, environmental issues, and access to healthy food.

Our research illustrates that partnerships among health systems, public health bodies, and community organizations are the most effective ways to do so. However, most organizations are traveling on separate but parallel paths toward building healthier communities, and as a result, valuable data, information, and resources are often siloed.

The Advisory Board Company believes that increased collaboration among key stakeholders will unlock tremendous power—and will drive toward better health outcomes. Given that, we are extremely proud to have entered into an unprecedented collaboration of our own with the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The BUILD Health Challenge will award up to $7.5 million in monetary awards and low-interest loans over two years to support up to 14 community-driven efforts that take Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, and Data-driven approaches to improving community health and promoting health equity.

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