This week Cook County launched the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative, in partnership with Cook County Health (CCH) and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH). The grant program will support COVID-19 resiliency and recovery, especially for Cook County communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
This initiative includes $12 million in grants, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which will support community-based organizations in expanding programs promoting mental health, food security, and positive youth development across Cook County.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) led by the Cook County Department of Public Health is being made available for organizations serving the Cook County suburbs. Eligible activities include:
COVID-19 education, prevention, and treatment
Chronic disease self-management programs for older adults
Worker rights, health, and safety
Deployment of Community Health Workers
Health Equity in All Policies
Organizational health literacy
Organizational sustainability for advancing racial equity and well-being
Additional information can be found on the Bids and RFPs webpage hosted on the Cook County Health website.