PI provides support to the BUILD Health Challenge, which is designed to encourage communities to build meaningful partnerships among hospitals and health systems, community-based organizations, local health departments, and other organizations to improve the overall health of local residents. The five funding partners are The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Colorado Health Foundation. The goal of the BUILD Health Challenge is to identify, accelerate, and spotlight best practice models and innovative approaches that reorient the field toward upstream factors that influence health. Prevention Institute, along with County Health Rankings and Roadmaps and the Practical Playbook, provides technical assistance to grantees, both by serving in a site primary liaison role and through provision of content-specific and cross-cutting technical assistance.
PI serves as primary liaison for several sites across the country, currently including Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Covington/Gallatin, KY; Franklin, NJ; New Brunswick, NJ; and Trenton, NJ. In the first cohort, PI worked with partnerships in Oakland, CA; South LA, CA; Ontario, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Pasadena, TX; and Baltimore, MD. Through the primary liaison role, staff lead monthly calls with sites to learn about their progress, challenges, and to identify technical assistance requests. These requests may be addressed by the primary liaison, by Prevention Institute, and/or by any of the other technical assistance organizations; the primary liaison helps determine the best course of action for all requests. Additionally, the primary liaison provides input and support for national-level logistical and coordination activities.