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HEALTH EQUITY INNOVATION AWARD QUESTION:

How can VUMC close the gaps for individuals who face social, cultural, geographic and economic barriers to having the best health possible? 


The Health Equity Innovation Awards support innovative ideas and solutions to advance health equity. The awards are built upon the principle that there are assets, opportunities and innovative ideas within VUMC and in our communities that can advance health equity. Advancing health equity ensures that all people have the opportunity to achieve their optimal level of health.  To learn more, please find the award guidelines below.

INSPIRATION QUESTIONS:

  1. How can VUMC help individuals find and navigate the organizations, programs and resources they need to lead healthy lives?
  2. How can VUMC enhance internal and external partnerships to better organize and deliver care to impacted individuals? 
  3. What education or training would help VUMC conduct research and do quality improvement using a health equity lens?
  4. How can data and technology reduce health disparities and advance health equity?
  5. How can VUMC better understand the social and economic conditions that impact quality of life and health outcomes?
  6. How can VUMC increase the likelihood that all employees have the best chance to be healthy? 

Health equity innovations at any stage of development are welcome, including early concepts and ideas! 

AWARD TIMELINE:​

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Innovation Award Prize: The Office of Health Equity will provide up to $10,000 in support of winning ideas and solutions. 


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Find application requirements, background information on health equity, FAQs and more below...

Applicants and Teams:

Awards are open to VUMC faculty, employees, residents, fellows and post-docs. VU students in medicine, nursing, public health and other disciplines may apply but awards must be directly relevant to VUMC. Submissions by teams of from different departments and areas within VUMC are encouraged.

Health Equity Focus:

Proposed ideas and solutions for this award must have a strong tie to improving health outcomes in impacted communities. The focus should be on health equity, which is different from Diversity & Inclusion. See this article to learn more about Health Equity and Diversity and Inclusion.

Systems Thinking:

We encourage awards that address change at the policy and/or systems level. Please see health equity background information for additional guidance.

Support and Timeline:

The OHE will provide support up to $10,000. Project support will come directly from the OHE cost center for effort/personnel and/or non-personnel expenses. Our OHE team will be engaged in a consultative capacity as needed. The implementation period for award ideas can vary but awards must be completed within twelve months.

Click here for more information on award guidelines.

Please see the application requirements below. You may also click here to view an application requirements template.

  • Project Title
  • Project Lead name and email
  • Financial Lead name and email
  • Health Equity Challenge: What is the challenge related to health equity at VUMC that the proposed innovation addresses? (150 words)
  • Proposed Innovation: Describe your proposed innovation, idea or solution. How will the proposed innovation, idea or solution address this challenge? (150 words)
  • Project Goal(s): Provide an overview of the proposed project goal(s). What is the intended health equity impact of the project? (150 words)
  • Project Team: Tell us about your team and plans for getting the work done. (150 words)
  • Project Objectives and Activities: Provide detail about the project’s objectives and activities and tie these back to the project goals. Please use the table below as a model for sharing this information.   You can share the information in the table format or as narrative broken down by goal, objective, activity.

        goals

         *Objective(s) – what steps will be taken to achieve your goal and/or goal(s)?     

         **Activities – what actions are involved that lead to the intended impact?

  • Timeline: Provide a high-level timeline for completion of the project.
  • Proposed Budget and Budget Justification: Please use the budget template below and include a brief budget justification for each line item that explains the rationale for the funds requested in the budget.  The maximum funding level is up to $10,000. Project support will come directly from the OHE cost center for effort and/or non-personnel expenses.  OHE will need to ensure costs are allowable per VUMC policies.

        budget

Things To Keep In Mind: In order to make the utilization of funds as seamless as possible and to ensure that grant funds are used appropriately, regular check-ins with the Office of Health Equity’s financial team will occur every three months from project launch through project completion. Funds are available to use immediately after your launch date but must be used prior to June 13th, 2022 and cannot be rolled over to the following fiscal year.

What is health equity?

Health equity is both the elimination of systemic obstacles and the creation of opportunities for all to be healthy. Click here to learn more.

What are the social determinants of health?

The social determinants of health are the conditions in the environments in which people live, and how those conditions affect their health outcomes. Click here to learn more.

What is policy and systems change?

Click here to learn more about addressing change at the policy, systems and environmental level.  Click here to read about systems thinking.

Click here to learn more about current Health Equity Innovation Award recipients!

How do I apply for a Health Equity Innovation Award?

  1. Submit an Intent to Apply form by May 3, 2021. Not required but highly preferred.
  2. Submit your Health Equity Innovation Award application by May 17, 2021. You must upload your completed application as a single PDF file. Please see application requirements for guidance.

Who is eligible to apply?

Awards are open to VUMC faculty, employees, residents, fellows and post-docs. VU students in medicine, nursing, public health and other disciplines may apply but awards must be directly relevant to VUMC.

Can I apply with a team? Can my department apply?

Yes! Submissions by teams of individuals across different departments and areas within VUMC are encouraged.  You may also submit an idea for advancing health equity within your department or area.   We assume you/your team will obtain appropriate approvals from managers.

Can community partners be involved?

Yes! We encourage community partners to be involved if involvement of community partners is relevant to the idea or solution being proposed. 

Do the project and financial leads have to be VUSM or VU faculty?

The project and financial leads do not need to be faculty; they can be students. However, students will need a faculty sponsor who will be responsible for the conduct of the project.

How many awards can I apply for?

You can apply for multiple awards. If you have multiple great ideas, we welcome your submissions!

May I still apply even if I miss the "Intent to Apply" deadline?

Yes, you may still apply. Additionally, applications must be submitted by May 17, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

The inspiration questions feel so “big”. Can you provide some examples of what these might look like?'

We are really looking to harvest ideas from you. But, here are some ticklers:

  • How can I build capacity at VUMC (i.e., within my department, team, area) to understand what health equity is and how it relates to my work whether in research, education or clinical care?
  • How can materials, technology and other tools designed for patients, employees or our communities be adapted using a health equity lens? How can feedback from populations who systematically experience poor health outcomes be considered in design (or redesign) of these tools?
  • How can VUMC equitably engage organizations in the community to solve a problem that can advance health equity for our patients, employees and/or community?
  • How can I learn from other institutions and/or thought leaders who are doing exemplary work in health equity and then make a plan to bring what I learn to VUMC?
  • How can policies and practices at VUMC better support the health of our employees, patients and communities?

Can ideas focus on any of VUMC's mission areas (education, research, clinical care)?

Yes!  We are looking for ideas that are research or quality improvement focused as well as ideas that are policy or program focused.  Ideas can focus on issues related to clinical care as well as education and training.

What is the timeline for implementing the proposed idea or solution related to health equity?

The implementation period for award ideas can vary in length but awards must be completed within twelve months from the launch date.

How many winners will be selected?

We do not have a select number of award recipients.

Are there current recipients of the Health Equity Innovation Awards?

Yes! To learn more about Health Equity Innovation Awards recipients, click here.

What criteria will be used to evaluate the Health Equity Innovation Award submissions?

Our primary criteria for evaluating submissions are that they: 1) propose an innovative idea or solution and 2) that they advance health equity.

How will the award funds be disbursed?

The OHE will provide support up to $10,000. Project support will come directly from the OHE cost center for effort and/or non-personal expenses. Please note: funds are available to use immediately after your launch date but must be used prior to June 13th, 2022 and cannot be rolled over to the following fiscal year.

What will the winner(s) receive besides funds?

Besides monetary support of up to $10,000, our OHE team will be engaged in a consultative capacity as needed. We will also feature you and your work on our website and in other communications venues.

What if I have an idea but don't want to submit an application for an award?

Please submit ideas through our Electronic Idea Box here.  We will review idea submissions regularly.

What if I have additional questions?

Please contact the Office of Health Equity at OHEinfo@vumc.org