New Grantees are Window into RWJF Health Program

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently invited proposals under the Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE) program, which will provide grants of up to $250,000 to 10 organizations to reduce health inequalities in communities of color.

The foundation now has also announced 10 winners of $15 million in grants under an earlier round of that program, providing more exact clues on the types of projects CCHE aims to support. The grantees are the first to be funded under CCHE, which seeks to reverse the trend of increasing  childhood obesity. They were chosen, officials say, for having a “strong track record on social, economic and environmental justice issues.” All the funded organizations are based in minority areas and all pledge to get residents involved in creating policies to reduce obesity, according to RWFJ.

Here’s what a few of the grant winners intend to do:

  • Inner City Struggle in East Los Angeles will empower youths and adults to change school policy;
  • Safe Streets, Strong Communities in New Orleans will lead low-income women of color on criminal justice and mental health issues;
  • Rocky Boy Health Board on Montana’s Rocky Boy Indian Reservation will administer youth health programs; and
  • Freedom Inc. in Madison, Wis., will boost political education among youths in the Hmong, black and Latino communities.

Six other winners will work on efforts such as improving policies related to environmental health, health care, pollution and recreation, the foundation said.

See the full notice for additional application information, including resources to assist with developing proposals, which are due Feb. 25.