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 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. 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:
- Louisville, Kentucky (Jefferson County) -- (eligible zip codes)
- Chicago, Illinois (Cook County) -- (eligible zip codes)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County) -- (eligible zip codes)
- Charlotte, North Carolina (Mecklenburg County) -- (eligible zip codes)
- Washington, DC (District of Columbia) -- (eligible zip codes)
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:
- Utilize Cutting Edge Science – to upgrade an existing obesity prevention program or implement a new prevention program with evidence-based interventions for at-risk young children in underserved populations. Programs can also describe how they will adapt evidence-based interventions in accordance with the organization’s knowledge of the unique and specific needs of the at-risk children in their communities;
- Monitor, Evaluate, and Disseminate – Participate in training designed to implement procedures to ensure that data collected for this project is of high quality in order to contribute to the emerging evidence base in childhood obesity prevention and the project’s long-term sustainability. Programs will be expected to share their experience and disseminate their findings with multiple stakeholders.
Eligible organizations must have:
- Non-profit status: 501C3 (copy to be sent with proposal).
- Core services must be delivered in one of the five specific geographic locations listed above.
- Demonstrated leadership and track record in delivery of childhood obesity prevention and healthy life styles (behavior) promotion programs and services.
- Commitment to engage in a formative program design process (see Program Overview section, below).
- Capacity and readiness to participate in hands-on training in monitoring & evaluation skills and tools, as well as in areas such as assessing target population needs, program design, and adaptation of an existing intervention.
- Openness to the possibility of the J&J CHC Program disseminating the lessons learned and evaluation results and/or promoting the prevention intervention for replication by other non-profit organizations.
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:
- Programs that are part of a Foundation
- Programs that are based at a University or College
- Programs that are already part of a research activity
- Programs that have in-house or consulting evaluators
 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.
Please click HERE for a PDF version of the complete RFP.