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Learn how to write a grant proposal

December 14, 2020

As part of the Better Together Grants, Baystate Health hosted a series of online workshops for the community. The workshops show people how to write a grant proposal, understand the needs of their community, appreciate cultural needs, and more.

Designing a Program for Impact

In this workshop, viewers will learn more about the basics of program design from conception to implementation. The importance of considering policy, systems and environmental (PSE) changes when designing programs is also discussed.

Other topics include:

  • Crystallize your program idea
  • Understand steps to develop detailed program plan
  • Incorporate PSE change into planning

A Deeper Dive into the Social Determinants of Health

This session will provide a deeper overview of the MA Department of Public Health SDoH focus areas selected by each hospital and provide examples of mid to upstream initiatives in these areas. Then participants will break into small groups based on each social determinant prioritized for your hospital service area. Baystate staff and community advisors will explain why each focus area was chosen and what kinds of systemic change goals and strategies they will be looking for in the application review process.

Health Equity

Designing for Policy, Systems and Environmental Change (PSE)

This workshop will delve into the world of “PSE” and explore how to focus on upstream and midstream strategies to achieve health equity.

  • Types of policy, systemic and environmental changes that are possible for the priority social determinant in your service area.
  • Differences between downstream, midstream and upstream solutions in advancing health equity.
  • Examples of local policy campaigns and find out what made them successful.

Building Successful Partnerships for Health Equity

In this workshop, seasoned coalition conveners from Communities That Care will discuss how to build authentic, effective relationships with partners to achieve bold health equity goals.

  • Build trust and lay the groundwork for collaborative relationships during the grant application process.
  • Difference between short-term, transactional alliances and long-term, transformational partnerships that can advance upstream change.
  • Tips on managing effective coalitions and assessing their health and impact.

Writing your Proposal

Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal

This workshops is designed to help people:

  • Understand instructions and terminology
  • Understand how to write with clarity and tailor writing to funder/reviewers
  • Understand the importance of, and how to, visually communicate a program and expected outcomes through a logic model

Overview of Evaluation Methods: From Logic Models to Measuring Outcomes

Building on the pre-recorded session Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal, this workshop will help you craft logic models and develop appropriate success measures for
your proposal.

  • Tips for creating a simple, useful logic model and how it can be an aid in formulating your proposal.
  • Advice on how to measure the progress of midstream and upstream policy work.
  • Real world examples of health equity metrics for your evaluation design.

Helpful Websites for Evidence-Informed Programs

Designed for beginners, this workshop will help you document community need and plan evidence-informed programs. We will look at helpful websites to locate information on local demographic trends, health needs, and community organizations.

  • Describe current demographic trends in your community
  • Find information on health needs of your community
  • Identify methods of discovering potential community partners

Cultural Humility

The Basics

This 1-hour introductory workshop provides a foundation for participants to gain a basic understanding and history of Cultural Humility and its four tenets.

Specifically, participants will learn the following:

  • Historical context for Cultural Humility
  • A working definition of Cultural Humility along with the four basic tenets
  • The utility of Cultural Humility in community health and engagement
  • How personal beliefs and values influence our engagement with others (including colleagues, clients and community)
  • Strategies for integration of cultural humility into organizational structures, policies, activities.

Cultural Humility in Action 

This workshop will build on the pre-recorded introductory Cultural Humility workshop. Learn about local organizations that are modeling cultural humility internally — among staff, board and leadership — as well as in their programmatic work with external stakeholders.

  • Set realistic and measurable goals to make progress on your organization’s journey toward greater cultural humility.
  • Model cultural humility in partnership with other organizations, including those that may have different competencies in this area.
  • Incorporate cultural humility into your planning for upstream health equity strategies.