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CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Health
Agencies to Counter Childhood Obesity

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Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) - Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost Effectiveness Study (CHOICES)

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Deadline Date:

10/01/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of $50,000 and in-kind support to USA state, city, and county health agencies to counter childhood obesity. The goal of this program is to strengthen local capacity between decision-makers in health agencies to implement cost-effective strategies to reduce the incidence of obesity.

This partnership opportunity will allow state, city, and county health agencies and their partners to use local data to examine the potential cost-effectiveness, health impacts, and cost of childhood obesity prevention intervention options that could be implemented locally.  

What the CHOICES Partnership will Provide to States, Cities, and Counties

  • Funding resources for partnering organizations. Funding support, technical assistance, and training will be provided to up to four partnerships throughout this project period to provide tools and data to support development of key obesity prevention priorities
  • Opportunity to participate in a series of learning collaborative sessions facilitated by the CHOICES team, and supported by staff from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO):
    • Two required in-person meetings in Cambridge, MA attended by the project lead and supporting project staff, such as epidemiologists and relevant local partner agencies as appropriate (funding for travel provided by CHOICES )
    • Four required virtual meetings, attended by agency lead health officer, project lead and supporting project staff, including relevant local partner agencies as appropriate 
    • Bi-weekly check-in calls with CHOICES team, health agency project lead and supporting staff as needed, including relevant local partner agencies
  • Opportunity to participate in two local site visits/technical assistance sessions organized for local stakeholders, including agency lead health officers, project lead, support health agency staff and other identified local agency staff/partners led by the CHOICES team
  • Technical assistance from CHOICES team for cost-effectiveness evaluation of interventions that prevent childhood obesity, including evaluating:
    • Intervention effectiveness
    • Population reach
    • Intervention implementation cost
    • Cost-effectiveness
    • Impact on specified population obesity rates, population health, and health disparities
  • Technical assistance tools and implementation resources to enable partners’ increased capacity for using CHOICES decision tools and decision processes and communications strategies

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174434

Number of Grants:

The CHOICES team intends to fund up to 4 state, city and/or county health agencies

Estimated Size of Grant:

The size of award may vary with the scope of each proposed project; each award may total up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Dec 2019—Nov 2020: 12 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: Public health agencies that represent populations of over 500,000; this could include a state, county or large city health agency.

Funds cannot be spent on intervention implementation activities or supplies, nor can they be spent to carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a webinar regarding this opportunity. CHOICES recommends joining audio via phone at 1-646-558- 8656, though the audio will also be available through your computer. Please plan to allow several minutes to ensure the technology works on your computer. Please select one person to participate in the call as a representative for your agency as space is limited.

Aug 19, 2019: RFP Information Webinar
3:00-4:00 PM ET
Meeting ID: 199 018 120
Call Number: 1-646-558-8656

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Dates
- Aug 1, 2019: Application available
- Aug 19, 2019: RFP Information Webinar
- October 1, 2019: 5:00 PM ET- Application due
- Oct 29, 2019: Awardees notified

Awardees are expected to attend in-person kick off meeting, local meetings, participate in relevant webinars and conference calls; partners must have capacity to participate in virtual meetings through the Zoom platform. Attendance at project meetings and webinars/calls is required. Please note that agency lead health officer/official and senior deputy participation is required in specific sessions. It is also recommended that the project team host a one-hour meeting in advance of all local site visit meetings with the lead health official, visiting CHOICES team members and project team leads.

Organizations will submit invoices to the CHOICES Project related to the following milestones:
1. 25% of awarded funds after attendance at initial training (February 7, 2020)
2. 25% of awarded funds after the first in-state stakeholder meeting (April 10, 2020)
3. 25% of awarded funds after the second in-state stakeholder meeting (August 1, 2020)
4. 25% of awarded funds after submission of draft report and implementation plan (November 13, 2020)

A detailed project timeline, including meeting times, can be found in the Application at page 7.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions and applications electronically to

CHOICES Project at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
401 Park Drive, 4th Floor West
Boston, MA 02215

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming