Jun 9, 2015

Local Organizations Receive $250,000 BUILD Health Challenge National Award

The award will expand access to healthy food and equip healthcare providers to refer patients for social and economic needs in Albuquerque's Southeast Heights and South Valley neighborhoods.It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kresge Foundation, de Beaumont Foundation, the Advisory Board Company and the Colorado Health Foundation.

Project Title: Addressing Healthcare's Blindside in Albuquerque's South Side
Selection Process: Seven implementation projects selected from among 319 applicants across the United States.
Purpose: Reduce obesity and disability due to diabetes, heart disease and stroke in the International District and the South Valley by increasing access to local healthy food options and increasing access to health education resources.
• Mobile Market
• Patient Referral Tracking System
• Rewards Program - encourages families to participate in healthy initiatives
• Adelante – Lead organization and grant recipient. Adelante is responsible for operating the Mobile Market; stocking the van with produce sourced from local growers and with nonperishable food from the Storehouse NM pantry, which it operates; establishing the referral and tracking system; and establishing the rewards program.
• Presbyterian Healthcare Services – Provides 1:1 matching funds; in-kind support of its REACH grant staff and Community Health Manager; and evaluation support.
• Bernalillo County – Provides use of the county-owned van, retrofitting; and in-kind staff support from the Office of Health and Social Services.
• First Choice – Helps design and pilot-test the programs at its South Valley Family Health Commons; incorporates projects into expansion plans for the Community Commons, including development of a permanent campus for Health Leadership High School; a wellness center; an early childhood development center; a community farm/grower's market and farm-to-table style restaurant.

The BUILD Health Challenge was founded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to encourage community partnerships among local non-profit organizations, hospitals and health systems, and health departments to improve the health and well-being of their residents.

The funding collaborative awarded both implementation and planning grants to support community-driven initiatives. Seven implementation awardees received $250,000 over two years to strengthen existing partnerships, jump-start more advanced health data and analytics initiatives, and expand their impact. Eleven planning awardees received $75,000 to kick-start still-nascent projects addressing specific health challenges with a committed group of community partners. The partnering health system(s) on each implementation award have also committed a 1:1 match with financial and in-kind support to advance the partnership’s goals.