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RFA now available: Community Health Improvement in Action invites Wisconsin communities

Friday, October 3, 2014  
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The new project Community Health Improvement in Action[1] (CHIA) will build a Community of Practice to discuss common problems, share best practices, and collaboratively create solutions related to the implementation and evaluation of community health improvement strategies with an emphasis on approaches that address unhealthy and risky alcohol use in Wisconsin communities

The Community of Practice will interact both in-person (via statewide summits, expert-facilitated training, and occasional meetings) and electronically (via conference calls, webinars, and discussion board/ listserv).  Community of Practice participants will have the opportunity to use CHIA community health improvement tools that address unhealthy and risky alcohol use, including community dashboard models to measure progress and an updated pick list of evidence-based practices.

To support long-term and consistent engagement in its Community of Practice, CHIA is offering expert-facilitated training, technical assistance and up to $2,000 to each of twenty funded-partner communities.  The funding period is from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016, and applications are due November 10, 2014.  A Request for Applications (RFA) and Application Form are now available on the CHIA webpage

The primary goal of CHIA is to strengthen communities’ capacity to implement and evaluate effective community health improvement activities with an emphasis on initiatives that address unhealthy and risky alcohol use. Please see the RFA for a detailed description of project activities.  The long-term benefits communities can expect as a result of participation in the CHIA Community of Practice include:

  • Increased knowledge about policy, systems and environmental change and sources for evidence-based strategies with an emphasis on alcohol misuse.
  • Increased skills to develop local policies and advocate for their implementation.
  • Increased quality and focus of local plans’ specific objectives, action steps, and evaluation plans.
  • Increased use of evidence-based interventions.
  • Increased ability to engage participants from multiple sectors in local community health improvement activities with an emphasis on alcohol-related work.
  • Increased capacity of state and local health department staff, hospitals, and community partners to lead community health assessment and improvement plans and processes (e.g. CHIPP/CHNA).
  • Increased readiness for accreditation (for local health departments and tribal health entities).
  • Increased compliance with IRS requirements (for hospitals).

Eligible funded-partner applicants must be a not-for-profit organization or government/tribal entity and may be a local health department, a tribal health entity, a hospital, or an agency such as an AODA coalition, clinic, United Way, or school district.  The applicant must be working on the local community health improvement process collaboratively with its local health department, tribal health entity, hospital, and/or other community agencies.  One lead applicant should apply on behalf of the community partnership/coalition. 


Funded-partner communities must:  (1) plan to explore, implement and/or evaluate alcohol-related community health improvement initiatives (including policy, systems, and environmental change) during the funding period (January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016); and (2) be willing to update their community health improvement plans and processes with new strategies, action plans, evaluation plans, process/outcome measures, and other improvements, as appropriate.

An informational teleconference on the Community of Practice funded-partner opportunity will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.  Attending the call is not mandatory for applicants. However, those interested in participating on the call must pre-register.

Funded by a grant from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) for three years (June 2014 through May 2017), CHIA is a community-academic collaboration between lead community partner the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) and academic partner University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.  Additional members of the advisory team include the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, and the Wisconsin Community Health Alliance.  Please follow this link to a complete list of CHIA advisory group organizations. 

For project updates and announcements, follow us on Facebook and visit the CHIA webpage.

For more information, please contact:

[1] Building the Infrastructure to Make Wisconsin the Healthiest State: Strengthening Community Health Improvement Implementation and Evaluation for Greater Impact.  Funding for this project was provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

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