The Harrington Value Institute Community Partnership Fund at Christiana Care Health System is accepting applications for projects that advance scholarship and improvements in health by addressing social determinants of health.

The fund supports research and program development in population health to address community needs, such as eliminating barriers to health care for the disadvantaged or underserved and reducing disparities in health.

Applications are encouraged from community-based organizations that partner with Christiana Care employees or physicians. Project proposals should seek to create programs that improve the health of the population and communities of Delaware. The letter of intent submission deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 1. The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

Projects are funded for one year with an option to renew funding for a second year based on the progress of the project.

The fund is overseen by Christiana Care’s Value Institute, which leads the way in conducting real-world research on today’s health care issues. The Value Institute’s mission is to develop, deliver and evaluate innovative practice and policy solutions that improve the experience, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for patients and providers alike.

Projects selected for the Harrington Value Institute Community Partnership Fund in 2016 included an initiative to improve the reproductive health and behavioral outcomes of teens who have experienced childhood adversity. Another Harrington-funded program from 2016 supported the work of school-based health centers to engage the community.

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