HWPP Responsive Component

Through a Call for Changemakers (PDF), the Responsive component will support Wisconsin-based organizations, local leaders and concerned citizens to create strong, healthy communities. Participants in the Call for Changemakers will demonstrate how a range of partners from multiple sectors in the community can work together to translate public health data and evidence into actions to pursue grassroots policy, environmental or systems change. The identified change should address the key determinants that most strongly influence community health.

Successful projects will be awarded funds to support non-lobbying activities focused on either grassroots policy, environmental or systems change (changing the regulations, rules, priorities, protocols or practices within and across organizations and communities; changing the physical or material components of the community environment) related to the key determinants of health. Increasing the scope and availability of existing community programs is not the primary goal of this funding, so applications must be clearly focused on a grassroots policy, environmental or systems change goal. Selected projects must demonstrate an appropriate level of funding and timeframe to accomplish the project scope.

For information on previously funded HWPP Responsive component projects, please see the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program Funded Awards.

 Partnership Eligibility

Successful applicants will feature a multi-sector network of partners, including those not traditionally involved in health improvement efforts, with the necessary expertise to address grassroots policy, environmental or systems change in their communities. All projects must have one primary applicant organization that is a Wisconsin-based, non-profit, IRS tax exempt 501(c)3 or governmental organization and is responsible for the fiduciary and reporting requirements on behalf of the larger partnership.

All projects must also include formal partnership with an eligible MCW academic partner. Eligible academic partner(s) must be MCW full-time, part-time, or full professional effort status or eligible faculty teaching in the MCW Community Medical Education Program meeting specified criteria and serving a specific role on the project, with additional academic partners participating as needed. Please see the Call for Changemakers (PDF) RFP for additional eligibility criteria.

For assistance in identifying an eligible partner, please see the Faculty Collaboration Database and/or contact Tracy Wilson in the HWPP Office at 414-955-4364 or trwilson@mcw.edu.

 Application Assistance

Information Sessions

To help support applicant submissions for the component's third funding opportunity, RFP information sessions were held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Both sessions were offered in-person in Milwaukee at the Medical College of Wisconsin's Health Research Center, room H4940, and via conference call and the web.

The sessions offered potential applicants the opportunity to further explore the funding opportunity, application process, and expectations of funded awards. In addition, Maureen Busalacchi, owner of Population Health Consulting, provided a capacity building presentation on what systems, policy and environmental change means and how to start and what you can and can’t do regarding lobbying versus advocacy.

For an overview of the information shared, please see the RFP Information Session Presentation Slides (PDF) and Policy/Systems Change Handout (PDF).

Application Resources

Please see the HWPP Application Resources section of the AHW website for additional information and tips to assist your partnership as you work on your submission.

HWPP Staff Technical Assistance

Applicants are encouraged to contact HWPP staff for assistance in identifying an eligible partner and discussing your partnership’s change idea and proposal submission. Please contact Tracy Wilson in the HWPP Office at 414-955-4364 or trwilson@mcw.edu

 How to Submit

To apply for funding, review the full Call for Changemakers (PDF) RFP and submit a Stage 1 Changemaker Brief Proposal via the online form. Stage 1 Changemaker Brief Proposal submissions are due by noon CST on July 10, 2015.

To assist the preparation of your application, your partnership may use the unlocked Word format of the application form (DOC) to collaboratively develop your proposal for online submission. NOTE - the form is provided only to support the collaborative work of your application. It will NOT be accepted as a submission.

Eligible submissions for the component's third funding opportunity will be reviewed by a subcommittee of MCW Consortium members and external content experts (PDF) based on a 9-point scale and criteria to assess alignment of proposals with the AHW Endowment’s Principles, the Community-Academic Partnership Model and criteria outlined in the Call for Changemakers.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the HWPP Responsive component, please contact Tracy Wilson at trwilson@mcw.edu or 414-955-4364.

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