For Immediate Release:  April 3, 2017

Contact:

Julia Groenfeldt, Program and Communications Associate

202.747.3455

TCI@institutephi.org

Funds Available for Community-Based Public Health Strategies through Healthy Montgomery Transforming Communities Initiative

Silver Spring, Maryland – The Institute for Public Health Innovation, in partnership with Holy Cross Heath, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Healthy Montgomery Steering Committee, and the Eat Well Be Active Partnership, is pleased to announce the availability of subgrant funding through the Healthy Montgomery Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI).

Up to $200,000 in grants will be awarded to support policy, systems, and environmental change strategies with promise to reduce obesity, promote health eating and active living, and promote tobacco-free living in Montgomery County, Maryland. Strategies eligible for funding include:  implementation of nutrition standards in early childhood settings, promotion and implementation of “complete streets,” approaches to reduce population-level tobacco use or vaping, creation of new community health resources or pathways to existing community health resources, and other PSE strategies. The Healthy Montgomery TCI primarily focuses on low-income communities within Gaithersburg, Germantown, Long Branch and Takoma Park.

The initial TCI partners are offering this subgrant funding to engage additional partners in addressing Healthy Montgomery TCI goals. Subgrant applications are due by May 15, 2017, 5pm. IPHI will host an informational webinar about the Request for Proposals on April 18, 2017, 10:30am. Details about the webinar will be provided via email to registered applicants.  The RFP can be downloaded here. Please click here to view supporting documents and resources.

For more information about the Request for Proposals, contact Julia Groenfeldt, Program and Communications Associate, TCI@institutephi.org, 202-747-3455.

About the Transforming Communities Initiative:

Last year, Trinity Health, one of the country’s largest health systems, awarded a Montgomery County, Maryland partnership a multi-year grant to implement a range of policy, systems, and environment change strategies that can reduce obesity, promote tobacco-free living, and address social determinants that influence health outcomes. The grant is one of six across the country made through Trinity Health’s new Transforming Communities Initiative.  Called the Healthy Montgomery Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI), the local effort is coordinated by the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) in collaboration with Trinity Health member Holy Cross Health, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Healthy Montgomery Steering Committee, and the Eat Well Be Active Partnership. Healthy Montgomery is the county’s Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) process through which obesity and chronic disease prevention emerged among priority areas of focus. In a later stage, Healthy Montgomery TCI may also have access to low-interest investment loans through a complementary arm of the national initiative to support community development related to key determinants of health, such as access to healthy food, affordable housing and early childhood health.

About Institute for Public Health Innovation: 

IPHI creates partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions that improve health and well-being for all populations and communities across the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, particularly those most affected by health inequities. IPHI’s work enhances the environments and conditions in which people live, age, work, learn, and play; strengthens health service systems and public policy; and builds organizational and community capacity to sustain progress.  IPHI is one of over 40 public health institutes across the country and a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes.  For more information on IPHI, see www.institutephi.org, and follow IPHI on Facebook and Twitter @InstitutePHI.

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