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NICHQ Seeking Partnerships for Community Transformation Grants

May 26, 2011

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) applauds the launch of the Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) program authorized under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently accepting proposals for these grants and NICHQ is actively exploring potential collaborations with other organizations responding to the RFP.

NICHQ can bring significant experience and ready-to-use infrastructure to the work of creating healthier communities, especially in the prevention and treatment of obesity and chronic conditions such as asthma. Our expertise lies in the creation of change packages to address ambitious social aims and the deployment of quality improvement methods to implement promising changes. Some examples of how we could contribute to a large-scale improvement effort include:

  • Spreading best practices for promoting breastfeeding as part of a broad strategy to reduce obesity in infants – based on our expertise in running collaborative improvement projects
  • Deploying an established toolkit of resources to prevent, identify, and manage childhood obesity – established through our Healthy Care for Healthy Kids learning collaborative
  • Using the Learning Collaborative model to guide multidisciplinary, multi-sector teams in linking clinical care, public health and community resources to improve community health – as in our current Collaborate for Healthy Weight program

We welcome inquiries from parties interested in accessing our extensive experience in quality improvement methods and tools and our deep knowledge base across many topics related to the health and wellbeing of children and communities. For follow-up, please contact Melanie Hayden, NICHQ’s Development Officer at or 617-391-2727. Thank you!

About the Community Transformation Grants

The CTGs are available to support evidence and practice-based community and clinical prevention and wellness strategies that will lead to specific, measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates. This is an important opportunity for states, counties, territories, tribes, and community organizations to advance public health across the lifespan and reduce health disparities. The grant approach is focused on meeting these objectives through intensive community approaches to reduce risk factors responsible for the leading causes of death and disability and to prevent and control chronic diseases.

The purpose of the program is to create healthier communities by 1) building capacity to implement appropriate broad evidence and practice-based policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure changes in large counties, and in states, tribes and territories, including rural and frontier areas; and 2) supporting implementation of such interventions in five strategic areas: a) changes in weight, b) changes in proper nutrition, c) changes in physical activity, d) changes in tobacco use prevalence, and e) changes in emotional well being and overall mental health.

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