The has awarded grants totaling $3.6 million to eighteen local coalitions nationwide working to make their communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.
Two-year grants of up to $200,000 each were awarded through the program, a collaboration of RWJF and the , to coalitions of leaders in government, business, education, health care, public health, and community organizations to help create changes in policies and systems which address a range of factors, including educational opportunity and attainment, that affect health. The grants will be managed by , a Boston-based nonprofit advocacy organization.
Projects receiving funds include an initiative in Salt Lake City to create a comprehensive early learning system for children from birth to the age of five and to advocate for statewide adoption of early education standards and school readiness programs; a project in Manchester, New Hampshire, to help three public schools collaborate with organizations that provide social supports to children and families; efforts in Colorado Springs to establish a coordinated system of care for service members, veterans, and their families; and an organization in New York City that will bolster a campaign for a city ordinance mandating a minimum number of sick days.
For a complete list of , visit the RWJF Web site.