Action for Healthy Kids, Inc.

Contact Information

600 W Van Buren St
Ste 720
Chicago, IL 60607 - 3758
FY 2015 Social Innovation Fund

Executive Summary

Action for Healthy Kids

Issue-based Social Innovation Fund Applicant: Healthy Futures

Overview: Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is an existing grantmaking organization applying as an issue-based Social Innovation Fund in the "Healthy Futures" priority area. This proposal is driven by AFHK's transformative Every Kid Healthy vision -- an ambitious, coordinated and collaborative movement to make all 130,000+ schools throughout the U.S. and their 55 million students healthy by the year 2030.

In the proposed Every Kid Healthy Initiative, AFHK will fund subgrantees in diverse communities across America to rapidly expedite and scale school wellness environment improvements and engage parent and community volunteers to prevent and reduce childhood obesity and support improved child health. Subgrantees will include both school districts and community-based organizations with considerable experience working within schools.

Project Summary: A growing evidence base has begun to demonstrate that the only sustainable solution to today's school and child health crises is built on the social ecological prevention model involving children, schools, families, volunteers and communities. For the first time in the field of school health, Every Kid Healthy projects in urban, suburban and rural communities will validate the preliminary evidence at the basis of AFHK's scalable school health intervention and demonstrate a connection to improved student health outcomes. AFHK's monitoring and evaluation strategies will be augmented with the expertise of an independent evaluation consultant, Shattuck & Associates.

The Every Kid Healthy concept is built upon an evidence-based plan for coordinated nationwide action is perfectly aligned with the First Lady's Let's Move initiative and the Obama Administration's long-term vision of preventive health promotion written into the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

In this SIF project, AFHK will support up to 10 under-resourced communities over a 5-year period. Subgrantees will be selected through a nationwide competitive application process and will be awarded $100,000 - $250,000 grants to implement their Every Kid Healthy initiatives. Selection will be based on need, capacity and readiness to implement policy, systems, environmental and practice changes around nutrition, physical education and physical activity. Awarded subgrantees' networks will include an estimated 500 schools, 225,000 students and roughly 350,000 family members.

AFHK's subrecipient portfolio strategy will be set by a team comprised of the organization's senior leadership, independent evaluation consultant, and other staff as appropriate. The group will design and implement an overall portfolio evaluation strategy, including subrecipient selection, detailed timelines, growth, and budgets and methodologies, in accordance with SIF funding requirements.

Subgrantees will be expected to show a connection between their grant-funded intervention activities and: (1) the % schools that apply for and achieve a healthy school accreditation (such as USDA's HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award); (2) the % change in nutrition and physical activity knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of students; and (3) the % change in students who achieve and/or maintain a healthy weight, as measured through BMI.

AFHK's areas of expertise include developing relationships at the district and schools levels, galvanizing community partnerships, assessing strengths and potential obstacles, and customizing solutions that deliver results. It utilizes an advanced, cloud-based technological infrastructure that links nationally collected school level data (from the National Center for Education Statistics), program performance, grant applications/review, School Health Team and volunteer support, and more. Subgrantees will be evaluated through, among other tools, pre- and post-surveys of students' knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors, BMI assessments of a representative sample of students, and nutrition, physical activity and physical education components of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index self-assessment tool.

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