HWPP Responsive Component

Through a Call for Policy, Systems & Environmental Changes for Improved Health (PDF), the Responsive component will support efforts to create strong, healthy neighborhoods and communities by Wisconsin-based organizations, local leaders and citizens. Participants in the Call for PSE Change for Improved health will demonstrate how a range of partners from multiple sectors can work together to pursue evidence based strategies around policy, systems and environment (PSE) that address the key determinants that most strongly influence community health.

Applicants should have a clear PSE change strategy goal. Successful projects will be awarded funds to support non-lobbying activities focused on evidence based strategies to achieve PSE changes (changing the regulations, rules, priorities, protocols or practices within and across organizations and communities and/or policies 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 systems change goal. Successful projects must demonstrate an appropriate level of funding and timeframe to accomplish the change.

Groups interested in submitting applications for the Responsive component should contact Maureen Busalacchi, Program Officer, at mbusalacchi@mcw.edu or (414) 955-4327.

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

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  How to Submit

The current funding opportunity is closed but will repoen April 2017.  Applications will be due June 2017.

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 Maureen Busalacchi, Program Officer, at (414) 955-4327 or mbusalacchi@mcw.edu.

  Review Process

Stage 1 Review Process

The review process for AHW PSE change funding is a highly competitive process that includes a detailed, multi-level, qualitative and quantitative assessment. The numeric score assigned to brief proposals, complemented by discussion and critique at each level of the review process, is used to prioritize proposals for funding. Projects funded are those that rank high in the scoring criteria and reflect the AHW Endowment’s Principles and partnership model.

Eligible Stage 1 submissions will be reviewed by a review committee (PDF) comprised of external content experts and MCW Consortium 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 listed below.

All proposals will be screened for eligibility and reviewed using the following criteria:

  • A clearly stated achievable, impactful and sustainable PSE change strategy
  • Clear identification of the regulations, rules, priorities, protocols or practices within and across organizations and communities and/or the physical or material components of the community environment that are being changed by the PSE change strategy
  • Convincing evidence that the proposed PSE change addresses a community-prioritized need, that the community is engaged and committed to the change, and that the proposed change will ultimately lead to improved population-level health outcomes
  • Evidence of a multi-sector, diverse partnership with the experience, influence and expertise to implement the change
  • Evidence that the change is sustainable beyond the length of the funding period

Invitations for the next stage of the application process will be sent to the proposal’s primary community and MCW academic partners via email. Written feedback from the submission review process will be provided to all applicants via the primary partners. Expression of interest in a project should not be construed as an indication of funding or grant approval.

Stage 2 Review Process

The MCW Consortium will review each Pitch Presentation. Criteria used to assess Pitch Presentations include, but are not limited to:

  • A clearly articulated, achievable, impactful and sustainable PSE change strategy
  • The potential for long-term, population-level health impact as a result of the change
  • Clear identification of the regulations, rules, priorities, protocols or practices within and across organizations and communities and/or the physical or material components of the community environment that are being changed
  • Convincing evidence that the proposed PSE change addresses a community-prioritized need, that the community is engaged and committed to the change, and that the proposed change will ultimately lead to improved population-level health outcomes
  • Engaging presentation by a diverse, multi-sector, partnership with the experience, expertise and influence to carry out the project
  • Evidence that the change is sustainable beyond the length of the funding period
  • Realistic overall budget and timeframe

Stage 3 Review Process

Upon completion of all Stage 3 PSE Changes for Improved Health Full Proposal requirements, materials will be submitted to the MCW Consortium for review and final recommendation of funding at the April 6, 2017 MCW Consortium meeting.

Criteria used to assess projects include, but are not limited to:

  • A clearly defined, achievable, impactful and sustainable PSE change strategy
  • The potential for long-term, population-level health impact as a result of the change
  • Clear identification of the regulations, rules, priorities, protocols or practices within and across organizations and communities and/or the physical or material components of the community environment that are being changed
  • Convincing evidence that the proposed PSE change addresses a community-prioritized need, that the community is engaged and committed to the change, and that the proposed change will ultimately lead to improved population-level health outcomes
  • Evidence that the change is sustainable beyond the length of the funding period
  • Realistic overall budget and timeframe

The MCW Consortium may request the partners of selected projects to adjust their scope, budget or timeline based on the outcome of the review process. If necessary, these specific partners would be notified to make adjustments to their materials to accommodate the required change and resubmit for further review. Partners selected to revise their budget, scope or timeline will be notified individually. No negotiations or appeals will be accommodated through this process. Final funding decisions will be advanced to the MCW Board of Trustees for approval.

  Partnership Eligibility

Projects must designate one (1) primary community partner applicant organization and one (1) primary MCW academic partner. Collaboration among partners is expected, but responsibility for the fiduciary and reporting requirements of the project and for transferring all communications, notifications and instructions from HWPP to all members of the partnership lies with the primary partners.

Eligible community partners:

Wisconsin-based, non-profit, IRS tax exempt 501(c)3 or government organizations including but not limited to:

  • Health, social service and other community-based organizations
    • Agriculture/farmers
    • Hospitals or other healthcare providers
    • Housing
    • Transportation
  • Faith-based organizations
  • State and local governments
    • Public health agencies or organizations
    • Public safety
  • Scientific or professional associations, universities and schools
  • Voluntary associations, foundations, civic and citizen groups
    •  Policy advocates
  • Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, tribes and tribal organizations

While the applicant organization and the coalition need not have an explicit focus on health, the group of partners must include participation from organizations with expertise in community health improvement and/or the key determinant(s) of health being addressed. It is expected that the partnership may grow during the course of the project to include representation from additional sectors to be successful.

For-profit companies and non-profit organizations that do not have IRS tax exempt status may participate in the project, but funds from HWPP will not be paid directly to these partners. A subcontractor or fiscal agent relationship with an eligible partner must be established so that funds are paid directly from MCW to the eligible community partner.

All projects must also include formal partnership with an eligible MCW academic partner.

Eligible MCW academic partners include:

  • Full-time, part-time or full-professional effort status MCW faculty members (considered eligible MCW Principal Investigators - PI)
  • Full-time MCW academic staff with a minimum of a Master’s Degree in public health or a related field and relevant experience working with communities. The staff person may serve as the Primary MCW Academic Partner; however, an eligible MCW PI must approve the MCW staff person’s participation and provide oversight of this staff person throughout the award period

The role of the MCW academic partner is typically to provide one or more of the following in a defined role for the project:

  • Health-related content expertise
  • Evaluation-related expertise
  • Clearly defined liaison role between the community partners and MCW, including connection with additional MCW partners
  • Facilitation of bidirectional learning among all partners
  • Expertise in data gathering, analysis and or using data to evaluate program effectiveness

Additional MCW academic partners may be involved in a range of activities dependent on the project design and partnership structure. Additional MCW partners may include other faculty, staff and students from multiple MCW departments.

For assistance in identifying an eligible partner, please see the Faculty Collaboration Database and/or contact Maureen Busalacchi, Program Officer, at (414) 955-4327 or mbusalacchi@mcw.edu.

Please see the Call for Policy, Systems & Environmental Changes for Improved Health (PDF) RFP for additional eligibility criteria.

  Call for Reviewers

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment supports Wisconsin-based organizations, local leaders and citizens to create strong, healthy neighborhoods and communities. Successful projects will demonstrate how a range of partners from multiple sectors can work together to pursue evidence-based strategies targeting policy, systems and environmental (PSE) changes that address the key determinants that most strongly influence community health.

Merit review of proposals submitted through this funding process will be based on the criteria described in the RFP. A review panel will be established to conduct the reviews. It will include Wisconsin-based individuals with a broad range of expertise related to policy, system and environmental change strategies for improving population-level health. Qualifed applicants will be available during review meetings, have experience working in the PSE strategies and will have a diversity of experiences, geography and prespectives.  A Call for Reviewers fpr Policy, System & Environmental Changes for Improved Health (DOC) has been issued to fill an up to seven (7) person review panel.

The review process for AHW PSE change funding is a highly competitive process that includes a detailed, multi-level, qualitative and quantitative assessment, through both online scoring and in-person. A numeric score will be assigned to each proposal, complemented by discussion and critique at each level of the review process to prioritize proposals for funding. A summary of all reviewer responses and discussion will be provided to applicants.

External reviewers will be paid $400 for completion of Stage 1 review commitments and $200 for Stage 2 review commitments, as well as reiumbursment for travel related expenses. Consortium members and MCW employees will not receive payment for services related to proposal review.

Timeline for Cohort 7

  • Call for reviewers applications are due May 8, 2017
  • Stage 1 orientation session will be held May 2017
  • Stage 1 desk review will be conducted between June 5 – 16, 2017
  • Stage 1 in-person review meeting will be held on June 22, 2016 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Stage 2 pitch presentation in-person meeting will be held August 2, 2017

At a minimum, it is prefered that reviewers reflect the following characteristics:

  • Reside and work in Wisconsin
  • Demonstrated experience and/or expertise in one or more of the health focus areas identified in the RFP
  • Demonstrated recent experience with reviewing grant proposals (within the past five years)
  • The highest personal standards of ethically reviewing proprietary information, maintaining confidentiality and avoiding any conflict of interest
  • Able to communicate easily via electronic means
  • Able to participate in-person during review meetings

To apply, applicant reviewers must submit an application and resume by the deadline stated. If selected, reviewers will be required to:

  • Engage in a Merit Reviewer Service Agreement
  • Submit a brief bio for public dissemination
  • Submit a photo and photo release form
  • Participate in an orientation conference call
  • Evaluate merit of proposals relative to the review criteria to include a numeric score, written critique and overall recommendation that will be provided to applicants.  The critique should be fair, objective and offer constructive criticism to the applicant
  • Post all scores and comments in the online scoring system in a timely manner
  • Complete an evaluation of the review process
  • Keep all information about the review process and proposals strictly confidential

Reviewer applications will be vetted by the Responsive Program Officer who will recommend a slate of reviewers to the HWPP Program Director.  This slate will be presented to the AHW Endowment Director for final approval.

Stage 3 of the application process will be reviewed by the MCW Consortium for final determination of funding awards.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the HWPP Responsive component, please contact Maureen Busalacchi mbusalacchi@mcw.edu or (414) 955-4327.

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