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Patrick Remington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine & Public HealthAssociate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Population Health Sciences

SDOH Case Studies Request for Proposals
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Social Determinants of Health Case Studies

Enhancing Prevention and Population Health Education

Application Deadline: October 25, 2016


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The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) announce the availability of funds to develop problem-based case studies aimed at deepening health professions students’ understanding of the significance of social determinants of health (SDOH) and how to incorporate information and insights about SDOH into their work.

There has been increasing recognition in recent years of the importance of SDOH and prevention-focused strategies when seeking to address community health issues and achieve health equity. Achieving health equity—defined by Healthy People 2020 as the highest level of health for all people —will require addressing these social and environmental determinants through both broad population-based approaches and targeted approaches focused on those communities experiencing the greatest disparities. This effort will require clinical prevention interventions, as well as orienting practicing health professionals to the principles of population health, including those factors in the community that facilitate or impede the improvement of health.



Type of Award    Contract/Subaward 
Total Direct & Indirect Costs   $6,000 maximum potential award
Allowable Indirect Rate  8% maximum
Number of Awards  4
Application Deadline  October 25, 2016
Anticipated Award Date  November 15, 2016 
Completion Date  June 15, 2017 



APTR is providing small grants to faculty to support the development of educational case studies focusing on SDOH. The educational case studies should teach health professions students to: identify social factors that impact the health of their patients and communities; include community-based and other social services and programs in the care of their patients; and understand how the choices and civic/community engagement of health professionals can impact the health of patients and of populations. Case studies will reference such resources as Healthy People 2020, the Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework, and the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. These case studies will help health professions students understand SDOH and the need for interprofessional and cross-sectoral approaches to improve the health of the public. This case study development project focuses on the Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health Topic Area, and a new perspective calling for an expansion of public health practice to emphasize cross-sectoral, environmental, policy, and systems-level actions that directly affect the social determinants of health and advance health equity.   

Each case study will include a quiz or other form of student assessment, and a facilitator guide for instructors. The case studies will be adapted by APTR for online completion by students across the health professions, and will be promoted by the 11 health professions education associations that comprise the APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force. Dissemination efforts may include webinars and presentations at national conferences. 



The case studies should: 

  • Engage students in a problem-solving interprofessional and/or cross-sectoral case-study exercise related to the Healthy People 2020 SDOH Topic Area
  • Be organized around at least one of the five key determinants of health:
    • 1) Economic Stability
    • 2) Education
    • 3) Social and Community Context
    • 4) Health and Health Care
    • 5) Neighborhood and Built Environment 
  • Address:
    • At least one relevant domain of the “Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework” (CPPH Framework)   
    • At least two of the Tier 1 “Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals,”  selected for use in this project (Appendix A)
  • Include patient/client/population perspective(s) as relevant
  • Contain learner self-assessment/quiz questions to be adapted for online completion, along with a facilitator guide with descriptive answer key
  • Incorporate appropriate Federal resources related to SDOH into the recommended resources section of the case study facilitator guide  

The finished case study will include:

  • A detailed narrative
  • Graphics such as photos, graphs, or charts (with copyright rights), as applicable
  • Video (with copyright rights), optional
  • A detailed learner assessment instrument with scoring rubric (this will be adapted by APTR into an electronic form to demonstrate learner objectives are met)
  • A facilitator guide with explanation of relevant issues, topics for further discussion, and recommended resources and readings



The primary applicant faculty member must be an APTR member at the time of the award and throughout the grant period. Preference will be given to faculty from current APTR Institutional members. Experience with instructional design and/or case study development is preferred.  Applications including more than one health profession (interprofessional team of faculty) are encouraged, but only one faculty member can act as the point of contact, subawardee, and fiduciary agent.


Submission form and narrative applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on October 25, 2016.

For detailed information and instructions, please read the Request for Proposals:

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This project is made possible through Cooperative Agreement #5 ATPHP120007-04-00 between the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), and is subject to federal grant regulations [CFDA #93.990].



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