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Public Opinion Research on Consumer and Provider Experiences of Racism in the Health Care System

Opportunity for California Firms and Individuals to Serve as Consultants
for Projects Addressing Racial Bias within the Health Care System

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California Health Care Foundation (CHCF)

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Opportunity for California firms and individuals to serve as consultants for research projects addressing racial bias with the health care system. Consultants with expertise in racism and race will conduct research identifying how racism is experienced by Black residents within the health care system, and experiences of racism in the health care system among health care providers.

Anticipated Project Needs

CHCF has two reasons for reaching out at this time:

  1. CHCF is looking to identify potential research partners with expertise in race and racism to work with it on listening projects in general. CHCF would like to identify organizations now so it has relationships already established as projects come up in the future.
  2. CHCF is looking for help with two specific projects that are in the early planning stages:
    • Experiences of racism among Black health care consumers: The purpose of this project is to identify if and how Black Californians — at different income levels and with different types of health insurance coverage — experience racism in the health care system and understand how they believe it shapes their interaction with the health care system, their health care, and their health.
    • Experiences of racism in the health care system among health care providers: The purpose of this project is to understand how California doctors, nurses, and other health care providers — Black and non-Black — perceive racism in the health care system, what they believe about its impact on patient experience, behavior, and outcomes, and whether they believe there are meaningful actions they and their institutions can take to interrupt it.

Findings from both projects would be published and released publicly by CHCF in collaboration with the research partner(s).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191941

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CHCF is looking for firms or individuals with the following experience and capabilities:

“Must-have” qualifications:
- Expertise and deep experience in public opinion, behavior-change, or social-science research. (CHCF is interested in those with expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.)
- Demonstrated experience conducting research on race and racism with individuals and groups who have experienced racism and race-based trauma, raising emotionally difficult topics and grappling with them.
- Demonstrated experience assessing racial bias through public opinion research.
- Experience that facilitates deeper insight into root causes of disparities and disparate impact of organizations and systems. (This need not apply to every member of the research team, but it should be a core characteristic of the team.)
- Demonstrated knowledge of how culture, history, customs, narratives, intergenerational trauma, and values shape views of race and racism.

“Nice-to-have” qualifications:
- Experience conducting research on health care topics and with health care audiences.
- Experience conducting public opinion, behavior-change, or social-science research in California.

Pre-Application Information:

Process and Timeline:
CHCF has issued this request for qualifications (RFQ) to identify potential research partners for both projects mentioned above, in addition to future listening projects that may arise.

The deadline for responding is September 15, 2020.

CHCF plans to schedule conversations with and may request additional written material from consultants who appear to be a good fit for current or future CHCF listening projects. (September 2020)

From these conversations, CHCF hopes to identify a consultant for the specific projects described in the RFQ. Because there are many possible approaches and factors to consider for doing this research, CHCF will likely issue a planning grant so it can work collaboratively to develop and finalize research methodology, scope of work, timeline, and budget. (October–November 2020)

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

Respond to the RFQ at the bottom of the URL for Full Text, below.

If you have questions about this RFQ, please contact Lisa Aliferis:
Contact page:

1438 Webster Street #400
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: 510.238.1040
Fax: 510.625.9503

1415 L Street #820
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916.329.4540
Fax: 916.329.4544

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