About Healing Through Policy

The Healing Through Policy partners include the de Beaumont Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity, in collaboration with Results for America.  

Community of Practice and Solutions Sprint Applications

The Healing Through Policy Community of Practice will help local jurisdictions identify, plan for and execute, and disseminate local practices needed to pass and implement policies and practices aligned with the Healing Through Policy suite and the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Framework.    

Over 12 months, teams will receive peer, expert, and technical support to demonstrate movement toward policy and practice change that centers health and racial equity. The Community of Practice will be managed by the American Public Health Association, the de Beaumont Foundation, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity, in collaboration with Results for America.  

Solutions Sprints, managed by Results for America, are six- to 12-week virtual learning opportunities that provide busy city and county government leaders and community partners with time-efficient, intensive workshops to learn from subject matter experts and peers to accelerate the implementation of a specific local policy solution aligned with the TRHT Framework. Information about previous Solutions Sprints can be found in Results for America's Economic Mobility Catalog. 

Together, these two opportunities aim to provide a robust and experiential program that fits the unique needs of each jurisdiction and offers avenues to address short- and long-term policy goals. 

The Community of Practice is intended for cities and/or counties that have declared racism a public health crisis and are creating and implementing policies and programs that address and correct policies that disproportionately harm communities of color and lead to inequitable health outcomes.  

Jurisdictions applying to the Solutions Sprint should have declared racism as a public health crisis. 

To participate in the Community of Practice, jurisdictions must have declared racism a public health crisis, identified a policy or practice goal they would like to advance in the next six to 12 months, and have obtained written letters of support from local leadership. 

In addition to the eligibility requirements above, competitive applications will have the following characteristics.

Teams

Composition: Teams consist of at least three individuals, including two co-leads; and include at least one representative from the local entity that has made or has accountability for the declaration of racism as a public health crisis.

Capacity: Teams have content expertise and their members are well positioned to carry out the racial equity goal identified.

Influence and Authority: Teams have the necessary influence over and/or authority to implement policy change.

Racial Equity Goals

Specific: Applications describe a clear racial equity goal that is focused on driving upstream changes in power, access, and opportunity within communities of color.

Measurable: Applications include relevant metrics for each stated goal and measurement is achievable within the stated timeframe.

Attainable: Stated goals are achievable, considering factors such as capacity, resources, and timing.

Relevant: Stated goals are in alignment with the vision and objectives of Healing Through Policy and the TRHT framework.

Time-bound: Stated goals have a specified, feasible time frame.

Resources and Commitment

Applications describe specific resource commitments (e.g., staff time, funding) that will be provided to support the stated racial equity goal(s).

Eligibility criteria will be outlined in the Solutions Sprint application, which will be available in early 2023. 

Yes, it is possible to participate in both the Community of Practice and the Solutions Sprint. We recommend that jurisdictions considering both opportunities speak with a Healing Through Policy partner during the office hours on January 13 and January 25, 2023.

Register via Zoom for the following dates and times: 

Jan. 13, 2:00-4:00pm Eastern Time (ET)
https://apha.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qdeitrDMjGd1Z3X1M3oZ3jM8G3RlX57mF  

Jan. 25, 1:00-4:00pm ET 
https://apha.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYufuiurz8sG9YNnZzIlA0Gk7M14FC6myGK 

You will be required to provide your name, email address, and the name of your organization to register.  

The Community of Practice will launch in April 2023 and last for 12 months. The Solutions Sprint will launch in March 2023 and last for up to three months. 

The time commitment for the Community of Practice is approximately three to five hours a month over 12 months.  

The time commitment for the Solutions Sprint is approximately eight hours a month for up to three months.  

Eight to 10 communities will be selected to participate in the Community of Practice.  

Solutions Sprint jurisdictions will be determined following an additional application process that will launch in early 2023. Results for America typically selects eight to 13 jurisdictions for participation in a Solutions Sprint. 

Community of Practice Participation

Co-leads are expected to be the main points of contact for their team, identify additional staff or partners who may benefit from attending the virtual workshops, and attend all monthly activities. Participation of one co-lead at all activities is required, but we encourage both co-leads and all team members to attend. 

The Community of Practice kick-off convening and its monthly meetings and workshops will be virtual. All participants will be invited to participate in one in-person convening in 2024. 

The activities will be led by Healing Through Policy partners and contracted individuals and organizations with relevant expertise.  

At least one co-lead must be present at all workshops, peer learning labs, and coaching sessions. Full team participation is strongly encouraged for workshops and peer learning offerings, but is optional for coaching sessions.

The Community of Practice invites local community members, in collaboration with city/county leaders, to help jurisdictions and Healing Through Policy partners understand and address the unique needs and challenges within their respective communities.