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Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care and Scholars Program

Funding Announcement

Obesity Prevention in Children (ages 8-12 years)

Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program

The Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program (J&J CHC), in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), is pleased to announce a grant funding opportunity for non-profit community health care organizations[1] implementing evidence-based, community-education programs that promote wellness and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent and reduce the impact of obesity in children.

Successful applicants will receive a $200,000 grant to fund activities over a 2 ½ year period for programs that seek to improve the knowledge and healthy lifestyle choices (behaviors) of children with the support of the adults in their lives who influence their diet, food preparation and activity level. Funded programs should adopt either (a) evidence-based practices (EBP) (please see Appendix A) and/or (b )promising practices guided by their experience and local knowledge that may not have yet  integrated evidence based interventions to reduce obesity in children ages, 8 to 12 years[2]. Approximately eight (8) grants will be awarded in the fall of 2013 to non-profit community health care organizations for community-based education program activities in the following locations: 

Additional detail regarding eligible programs is provided below.


Proposals are encouraged from non-profit community health care organizations with experience (see eligibility section, below) in providing childhood obesity prevention services, particularly in underserved populations that have been disproportionately affected by overweight and obesity. The objectives of this grant are to improve the       in-house capacity of the non-profit organizations to: (1) utilize cutting-edge prevention science to implement innovative, evidence-based interventions, and (2) design and implement monitoring and evaluation procedures in order to contribute to the evidence base and the project’s long-term sustainability.

Proposals are encouraged from organizations that describe their willingness to both:


Eligible organizations must have:

Special consideration will be given to organizations that can demonstrate their participation in unique community partnerships and collaborations (e.g., a partnership between a federally qualified health clinic and an elementary school) that have demonstrated the innovating ability to leverage the resources within these collaborations.

The following programs are not eligible and should not apply:

[1] Includes organizations that:  deliver health promotion and education; or combine social and health services (such as benefit counseling services and supplemental meal programs for low income children, etc) AND are connected with a health agency or provider (e.g. a clinic,  nurse or other health provider);   have organized community networks between non-clinical services (such as a school, after-school program or faith based organization) AND a health education- health promotion  or clinical-provider.

[2] While the primary focus on this initiative is 8-12 years old children at-risk for obesity, inclusion of parents/caregivers is critical to successfully reaching this age group.

Please click HERE for a PDF version of the complete RFP.