PCHTF Awarded Grant from BUILD Health Challenge

National grant competition seeks new approaches to health

PCHTF Awarded Grant from BUILD Health Challenge

On June 9, PCHTF staff traveled to Washington, DC to accept a grant from the BUILD Health Challenge! The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that use non-clinical approaches to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. PCHTF submitted a proposal to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of the three East Bank neighborhoods in Des Moines. Our application was one of only 18 selected of over 300 applicants from across the U.S.

The BUILD grant will fund a new program called Healthy Homes East Bank, a collaborative effort that will seek to end childhood asthma in the East Bank by improving housing conditions. On average, Americans spend 70% of their time at home. If their home environment is unhealthy, risk of chronic illness increases substantially. Through Healthy Homes East Bank, households with children suffering from asthma will receive home repairs to address triggers, and hospitals will track the children to evaluate improvement. Additionally, families will receive tailored health education to self-manage asthma and keep their newly improved household environment clean. 

This effort is a collaborative program supported by a large consortium of community partners including PCHTF, Polk County Health DepartmentUnityPoint Health - Des MoinesMercy Medical Center Des MoinesBroadlawns Medical CenterMid-Iowa Health FoundationViva East BankPolk County Public WorksDes Moines Public SchoolsVisiting Nurse Services of Iowa, and more. This inaugural year of the BUILD Health Challenge is supported by five national funders: The Advisory Board Companyde Beaumont FoundationThe Kresge FoundationRobert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The Colorado Health Foundation.

Read more in the Des Moines Business Record. If you would like to learn more about Healthy Homes East Bank and meet some of the individuals involved, plan to attend a public launch on Wednesday, June 17 at 4:15 PM at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Community Center, 1650 Garfield Avenue in Des Moines.