Better Health & Well-Being at the Community Level

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A request for problems to tackle with behavioral science

*Applications are due by June 17, 2016 at 5 pm EDT. Click here to view a recording of the ideas42 webinar providing more information about the RFP process and answering questions from prospective applicants. Questions? Check out the FAQ here.

Health and well-being are greatly influenced by many factors in our everyday lives. Where we live, how and where we work, the safety of our surroundings, accessibility of affordable health services, the environmental quality, and the presence or absence of strong family and communities ties all play a role in our overall wellness. These lie both in and outside what we think of as the traditional health care system. When one or more of these areas of life is out of alignment, well-being suffers.

In many parts of the country, it’s a struggle to take all of the many actions needed to address these diverse factors, even when there are existing community health initiatives in place and people are motivated to get healthier. However, applying tools from the behavioral sciences can be very effective in helping people make better decisions and follow through on their good intentions to improve their health and well-being. By learning how to apply inexpensive behavioral insights, communities can improve the effectiveness of their existing efforts to encourage healthy behaviors, tackle social and economic challenges, and take steps to transform access to traditional care.

In order to introduce more community practitioners to the potential behavioral science has to strengthen their work, ideas42 is currently soliciting applications from groups or organizations that are:

  • tackling challenging problems in community health and well-being.
  • interested in learning how to use behavioral science in their work.

Behavioral science provides a deeper look at how people make decisions and act (or don’t), and can be used to develop better solutions to social problems like community health.

Interested communities should designate an organization or consortium of organizations to submit the application on their behalf. We encourage any community working on any health, well-being, or related issues to apply.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend an intensive workshop on applying behavioral science to community health and well-being. Thanks to the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, travel and accommodation costs will be covered for all participants. In addition, a small number of applicants who attend the workshop will then be selected to partner with ideas42 to design and test specific behavioral interventions in their communities.

The Request for Problems (RFP) application process is short and easy. In total, it requires less than 1000 words, no more than two hours to complete, and there is no application fee. The information in the RFP brief will help applicants develop their required ‘behavioral problem statement’.

Applications are due by June 17, 2016 at 5 pm EDT. Click here to view a recording of the ideas42 webinar providing more information about the RFP process and answering questions from prospective applicants. Questions? Check out the FAQ here.

Support for this program is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.