The indelible link between community health and economic well-being has never been more clear than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses rely on healthy employees, consumers, and partners to reach their full potential and optimize their bottom lines. Meanwhile, our communities need employment opportunities, stability, and equitable economic prosperity to ensure that all people can achieve their best possible health.

To support this shared vision of health, equity, and prosperity, businesses and governmental public health departments must move toward changing systems, investing in cross-sector relationships and collaborations to advance community health. 

Innovative, Multi-Sector Partnerships for Community Transformation (IMPACT) in Public Health, launched in 2022, fosters such collaboration by catalyzing and supporting partnerships between governmental public health departments and the private sector. This program aims to: 

  • Develop a cohort of public-private partnerships to strengthen the economic prosperity of communities by advancing public health and equity 
  • Identify where interests align and pursue opportunities to demonstrate shared value between and within the business and public health sectors 
  • Spotlight partnerships and document their role in driving sustainable improvements in public health

Applications closed on October 28, 2022. Download Application Questions (PDF)

Who Should Apply

We invite applications representing governmental public health departments and business partnerships with big ambitions, strong commitment, and a desire to work together differently to advance community health and equity.  

All applicant partnerships must apply as a team and are required to include: 

  • At least one state or local governmental public health department
  • At least one private sector business or corporation 

In both cases, participants must include leadership (the executive director or a member of the executive management team and C-level executive) and staff who can support implementation. 

Beyond the required representatives above, we encourage partnership teams to include other sectors and/or coalitions of businesses, including chambers of commerce. Partnership teams are also encouraged to include representatives from community-based organizations serving communities experiencing health inequities.  

Partnership teams should have some history of working together, ambitions to increase and improve their collaborative capacity, and a systemic, upstream vision for what they could achieve together. 

Benefits of Participation

  • Individual and group coaching to build each partnership’s collaborative capacity and advance shared goals 
  • An action plan to advance shared goals for improving community health and equity 
  • A data dashboard, created by a team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to inform strategic priorities for each partnership and to support ongoing evaluation 
  • A $100,000 award to the participating public health department to support implementation 
  • Sharing and peer learning from a cohort of 4-6 other business and public health collaboratives 
  • Opportunities for visibility, including media 

Key Application & Selection Dates

  • Friday, October 14, 2022, 1:00-5:00 pm ET: Office hours 
  • Friday, October 28, 2022, 11:59 pm ET: Applications due 
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022: Notification of finalist interviews 
  • Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 28, 2022: Finalist interviews 
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022: Invitations extended 

Participation in the first cohort of IMPACT in Public Health will begin in January and continue through December 2023.

To Apply

Teams must apply online by Friday, October 28, at 11:59 pm ET. The application will collect basic identifying information and responses to 12 questions (each with a limit of 300 words) that will help explain each team’s community, partnership, and shared goals.  

Contact Katy Evans at evans@debeaumont.org for questions about the application. Potential applicants are also invited to ask their questions at open office hours on Friday, October 14, 1:00-5:00 pm ET.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate? 

All partnerships must include at least one governmental public health department and at least one private sector business, with representation from each sector to include a leader with decisionmaking authority. Partnerships that include other sectors, multiple public health or business partners, and community-based organizations are also encouraged to apply.  

Members of each partnership should have some experience working together and be eager to build on past successes by undertaking an upstream, systemic goal to advance community health and equity. We are open to applications from small and large businesses and encourage applicants to apply with a team that is equipped to meet the scale of their vision.

What will be required of teams?  

Participation in the first cohort of IMPACT in Public Health will run from January through December 2023. During that period, each partnership will identify a team of 5-7 individuals to lead their participation in the initiative (3-4 representatives from the private sector partner and 3-4 representatives from the public health partner). should include both leadership and individuals who can execute on the collective goals of the partnership. Members of this team will participate in:

  • Monthly coaching calls
  • Twice-quarterly webinars
  • A community site visit
  • An in-person convening planned for spring 2023

In addition, all partnerships will participate in an onboarding process that will include assessing teams’ data-related needs and capabilities (to inform the creation of a data dashboard) and an evaluative process that will include an initial baseline assessment, questionnaires, and interviews. We expect the total commitment for the team to be approximately 5-10 hours monthly. 

What kind of support will partnership teams receive? 

All participants in IMPACT in Public Health will receive dedicated teaching assistance (TA) to strengthen their collaborative capacity, develop their leadership capabilities, and advance their collective goals. Each partnership team will meet monthly with their dedicated TA and participate in one-on-one leadership coaching calls on a quarterly basis. Each partnership will also receive a site visit from their TA lead during the initiative.  

In addition, all participants will benefit from peer learning through the IMPACT in Public Health cohort. The cohort will convene twice quarterly for webinars and once for an in-person cohort convening. 

What outcomes are expected? 

IMPACT in Public Health seeks to catalyze collaboration and innovation between businesses and public health departments in service to systemic, upstream goals for community health and equity. During the one-year engagement as part of a cohort, we anticipate that all partnerships will advance their collaborative capacity, strengthen their ability to work together across sectors, and begin to make progress toward their ambitious goals. 

For private sector partners: IMPACT in Public Health will provide a roadmap for responding to the business implications of poor community health by investing in public health partnerships that can foster a healthier workforce, a more appealing and vibrant community, and a stronger local economy. Businesses will receive dedicated support to identify strategies to remove barriers to better health in their communities, including through data. 

For public health partners: IMPACT in Public Health will enable public health departments to connect the public and private sectors through partnerships designed to address underinvestment from public institutions and distrust in the community. Public health partners will receive dedicated support and resources to focus specifically on cultivating relationships with the private sector and to build capacity within staff to foster new organizational processes that meet the needs of these partnerships. 

How will the data dashboard support teams’ collaborative efforts? 

A data dashboard is an important tool for:  

  • Assessment: understanding current community health and economic status 
  • Planning: informing and setting goals for initiatives to address pressing community health equity issues 
  • Implementation: monitoring progress  
  • Evaluation: determining impact on community health and economic outcomes  

Each partnership will gain knowledge and skills regarding the “why, where, what, when and how” of measurement and evaluation, access and availability of sources of data, metrics that should be measured, and framework for creating a measurement and evaluation plan to ensure accountability and track impact and success. 

What if teams have a goal that will take longer than a year to realize?  

We invite participants to use this opportunity to lay the groundwork for an ambitious, upstream, systemic goal. Therefore, we anticipate that teams won’t have “solved” the problem they identify during their year-long participation in this program. The technical assistance, concentrated collaborative work, and peer support offered through the initiative should serve as a catalyst for work that extends far beyond the year-long commitment. 

We are exploring ways to continue to engage partnerships in the long term, both to support ongoing work and to highlight successes and achievements that build on the progress made in the first year. 

How can partnerships spend the $100,000 grant?

The $100,000 grant to participating public health departments is designed to support the collective aims of the partnership. As a result, partnerships have significant flexibility in how they choose to allocate those resources, including to community engagement efforts or convenings, additional technical assistance, incentives to small businesses or chambers of commerce, or other needs as they arise