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Population Health Case Studies

Impacting Health through Evidence-Based Community and Clinical Interventions


Deadline: January 31, 2017

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The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announce the availability of funds to develop a series of interprofessional problem-based case studies in population health for public health and clinical health professions students. The aim is to deepen health professions students’ understanding and ability to apply population health concepts and principles through exploration and analysis of three CDC and HHS initiatives: Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5), Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), and Million Hearts.  Each case study should address Population Health Competencies developed by the Regional Medicine-Public Health Education Centers (RMPHEC), topic areas in the Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework, developed by the APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force, and leadership and change management concepts and strategies.


Type of Award    Contract/Subaward 
Opportunity Title

 Population Health Case Studies: Impacting Health through
 Evidence-Based Community and Clinical Interventions

Participating Organizations  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
Total Direct & Indirect Costs   $50,000 maximum award (including indirects)
Allowable Indirect Rate  8% maximum
Number of Awards  1
Application Deadline  January 31, 2017
Award Date  February 28, 2017 
Completion Date  August 10, 2017 



The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the development of interprofessional educational case studies and reflection exercises that facilitate learners’ understanding of population health principles, concepts and approaches through analysis of select CDC and HHS evidence-based initiatives implemented in clinical and community settings. 

Each case study will include a quiz, or other form of student assessment, and a facilitator guide for instructors.  The case study series will be promoted by APTR, CDC and the 11 health professions education associations that comprise the APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force



The case study series must include:

a.  Three (3) one-hour problem-solving case study exercises that address all three identified CDC/HHS initiatives, at least 5 RMPHEC Population Health Competenciesand leadership and change management strategies. Each case study does not need to address all three initiatives and all the identified competencies. The series should collectively address them all.

b.  A reflection exercise that draws parallels between the three CDC initiatives and how the learner can apply the information to clinical or public health practice to lead change.

The following CDC/HHS initiatives and programs should be featured in the case studies:

Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) initiative – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HI-5 highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier.

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative 
REACH is a national program that focuses on reducing racial and ethnic health disparities. Through REACH, awardee partners plan and carry out local, culturally appropriate programs to address a wide range of health issues among African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders. REACH initiatives have been implemented in various community settings including community health centers, governmental health departments, academia, and various non-profit community-based organizations.


Million Hearts®
A national initiative co-led with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that promotes the use of
proven, evidence-based techniques to prevent and treat heart attack and stroke in clinical and non-clinical community settings. Million Hearts has established tools, resources and action guides that support the understanding and implementation of strategies and interventions. Metrics and clinical quality measures have been identified to measure and achieve the goal of reducing heart attack and stroke and achieving the Million Hearts goal.


c.  Patient/client/population perspective(s) as relevant

d.  Visual tools such as slide-sets, videos, photos, graphs, or charts (with copyright rights), as applicable. If a video is produced, it should be housed on a publicly-accessible server or on 

e.  A detailed learner assessment instrument/quiz with scoring rubric. Each question will have an answer with descriptive explanation.

f.  A Facilitator Guide describing how the case studies can be integrated into existing coursework or curriculum, and including explanation of relevant issues, topics for further discussion, and recommended resources and readings.



Public health and clinical health professions institutions of higher education in the United States, specifically departments offering education in population health and related disciplines, who are institutional members of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research at the time of award (membership not required to apply).



Applications must be submitted electronically at Applicants can complete the “application narrative” and “other application content” offline and then upload and submit.

Online submission form and narrative applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST on January 31, 2017.

Application Format, content and detailed instructions can be found in the Request for Proposals.


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For administrative and technical questions, please contact:

Vera S. Cardinale, MPH
Director, Training and Education
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
202.463.0550 ext. 129  |


This project is made possible through Cooperative Agreement #5U36OE000005 between the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Centers for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Scientific Services, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is subject to federal grant regulations [CFDA #93.990].



This funding opportunity is made available by the Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) in the Centers for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Scientific Services. APIH focuses on improving the health of individuals and communities through alliances among academic associations and CDC. APIH drives improvement of health outcomes by working within the educational systems for public health and clinical health professions students to enhance teaching of population health concepts; aligning academic approaches (curricula, teaching materials, or methods) and field experiences with ground-level public health priorities and practice needs; fostering interprofessional collaboration and learning in health professional education; strengthening academia's linkages to public health practice and providing opportunities for hands-on experience for students working with communities and public health partners. 


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