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RFP Announced: "Request for Problems" Related to Community Health


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is offering a unique opportunity for communities looking to improve health, including Native American communities. Communities can receive technical assistance to better understand behavioral problems they face and to design, implement and evaluate a behavioral science intervention.

As part of the project, the foundation's partner in this effort -- ideas42 -- released what it calls a “Request for Problems” where communities submit a behavioral problem that they are trying to solve. Selected applicants will attend an intensive workshop on applying behavioral science to community health and well-being. Thanks to the 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.

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. They encourage any community working on any health, well-being or related issues to apply.

The "Request for Problems" (RFP) application process is short and easy. In total, it requires less than 1,000 words, no more than two hours to complete, and there is no application fee. Applications are due by June 17, 2016, at 5 p.m. EDT. ideas42 will host a webinar on May 4, 2016, at 2 p.m. EDT to provide more information about the RFP process and answer questions from prospective applicants.

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