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Building Healthy Communities

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

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

Interested organizations can explore the requirements for RFP #H22-0027 (BHC in Suburban Cook) and RFP #H22-0028 (BHC in the City of Chicago).

Additional information can be found on the Bids and RFPs webpage hosted on the Cook County Health website.

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