Though the goals of individual projects vary, collectively, projects supported through CDHW will:

  • Identify and work with a variety of community stakeholders to define health and wellness problems, needs, or challenges, particularly those where communication, information, or media are key factors.
  • Develop multidisciplinary teams to address the defined problems, consisting of at least one academic researcher and a community stakeholder (a community stakeholder could include practicing professionals in any of the determinants of health (such as clinical health care workers, social workers, policy-makers), representatives of the community-of-focus of the defined problem, or non-profit organizations with a focus on population health). Ideally, multidisciplinary teams will include members from more than one region of the state.
  • Document and disseminate results of each project to advance public knowledge and/or scholarly research. Beyond more traditional academic outlets, reports suitable for dissemination to community partners and white papers for broader dissemination should be created commensurate with achievements.
  • Successful implementation of solutions is another way to meet the goals of dissemination, provided the implementation is prototyped and documented.
  • Generate submissions for further funding to federal agencies and major funders in addition to smaller funding applications. Collaborative projects should seek larger funding opportunities including as appropriate training grants and coordination networks. Faculty fellowships and graduate student awards should also generate submissions to appropriate funding competitions.


For all supported projects, the CDHW-IRG will:

  • Provide coordinating events that motivate, connect, and articulate the work within and among the supported projects.
  • Document and disseminate results from the various collaborative projects, fellowships, and graduate student award.
  • Report the collective impact of this Community Design for Health and Wellness proposal.
  • Report content insights for practice, science, and policy regarding the creation of innovative, sustainable solutions to community-defined challenges for achieving health and wellness at the intersection of upstream health determinants including the emerging landscape of information, media, and communication.
  • Report process insights about an iterative, design approach that puts community-defined challenges at the center of the project. Special attention will be given to the process of achieving successful multi-lateral relationships that build sustainable individual and community health.