The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) are seeking community-led strategies and tools to address health disparities in communities disproportionately impacted by environmental risks and hazards including those related to climate change, and the cumulative impacts of other stressors. The Challenge mechanism provides an opportunity for community voices to participate in developing novel innovative approaches to addressing the adverse health impacts of environmental conditions and increasing community resilience within their local, disproportionately impacted communities.
HHS is creating a national competition to identify innovative and effective approaches to enhance community-driven efforts to address the health consequences of communities burdened by environmental and climate change-related hazards. Desired outcomes include the development of community-driven strategies and application of data-driven tools to advance health equity and address environmental hazards including those related to climate change, and the cumulative impacts of environmental and other stressors. Participants will have access to a technical assistance opportunity in each phase of the Challenge. This Challenge seeks to achieve its desired outcomes by providing support to community-based and Tribal organizations in the areas of:
Projects should have a clear focus on community-specific health issues, including mental health issues, and address community or Tribal interests related to environmental and climate change-related exposures and drivers of health disparities. The approaches will be shared with the general public. The competition has two phases. All eligible submissions will be evaluated, and separate prizes will be awarded for each of the two phases. The winners are required to present their project findings and participate in post-award activities within six months after the end of the competition.
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