Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Funding Opportunities: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Design Challenge

Rural Leadership Pathways Learning Initiative

Purpose

While people in rural places are supporting leadership development in ways that work for their context, national funders and players often don't know what those solutions are, aren’t always connected to them, and don't know how to best support them. In order to better partner with, support and connect rural leaders to advance social and economic opportunity that in turn lead to better health and well-being in their communities, RWJF is seeking a partner to design and implement a Rural Leadership Pathways learning initiative, to elucidate and make meaning of the unique leadership pathways, experiences and contexts in rural communities. Through this initiative, funders and, more broadly, the field of stakeholders interest in helping rural places thrive, will have opportunities to learn what is already working in rural places to develop, strengthen and advance rural leadership; what people are struggling to figure out; what they see as needs and gaps; and what the role of national players and funders could be.

Application Deadline: July 8


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Design Challenge

Mad*Pow and Health 2.0 Advocates have launched a design challenge, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We ask the health and design community to envision solutions that reshape everyday life to be healthier by default. 

Overview

The focus of this design challenge is to imagine how, in the near future, we might use technology to make health an integral part of our daily routines.
Many attempts to encourage healthy lifestyles rely on prompting people to make healthy decisions in the moment, while doing nothing to address the underlying infrastructure, norms, and culture that guide our behavior. For example, a FitBit might prompt us to take more steps, but it doesn’t touch the transportation infrastructure that makes commuting by car the default choice.
Our environment has made it hard to be healthy, and our health care system can’t keep up. The United States spends far more on health care than any country in the world and yet, in terms of health outcomes, we achieve dismal results. We seek solutions that improve health, not just by focusing on health care and medicine, but also by taking a new look at the fundamentals of our everyday lives.
How might we design the systems we use every day to yield health instead of sickness? Building health into our everyday lives means using design and technology to reshape how we eat, sleep, move from place to place, socialize, and entertain ourselves so that everyone can lead healthier lives by default.
Our panel of judges will choose two winning solutions: one design that targets specific healthy behaviors and one design that envisions broad, systemic change. Let us know if you are considering participating by submitting your intent. If you are interested in watching the recording of the Q&A webinar, you can do so here.
Submit your final design by August 31, 2019, by 11:59 PM ET.