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Funding & resource allocation

Raising the culture of health in communities through public-private partnerships is a task that requires funding and resources. A common challenge for many community efforts is the ability to find these resources for both short-term startup and long-term ongoing funding.

Healthy community efforts must identify several sources of funding that could include the following:

  • Partner contributions
  • In-kind donations
  • Community benefit funds from non-profit hospitals
  • Government grants
  • Foundations
  • Corporations
  • Service Organizations
  • Universities

Although the identification of funding sources must start early in the collaboration process, it is recommended that goals and objectives be developed first so that funding sources can be matched to the funding need.

This section includes links to several tools that offer insight into the identification of funding and the process of applying as well. These include the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Funding Guide and the Prevention Institute’s Guide to Funding Community Prevention. Both resources offer specific funding sources as well as guidance on the development of grant proposals and innovative ways to fund community efforts.

For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future, part of a three report series prepared by the IOM, assesses the financial challenges facing the governmental public health infrastructure and will be useful to government agencies at all levels, public health agencies, clinical care organizations, and community-based organizations. The report provides recommendations about what is needed for stable and sustainable funding, and for its optimal use by public health agencies.

Case Studies

Businesses, Foundations & Coalitions that are addressing population health beyond the workplace setting to reach employee families and community participants and include metrics that allow demonstrable impact

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