Chronic Disease Innovation Fund

Nova Scotians have some of the highest rates of chronic disease and disability in the country.  Over 5,000 Nova Scotians die of four types of chronic diseases every year: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes.  Approximately two-thirds of all deaths in Nova Scotia are attributable to these diseases. The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will support new programs, or enhancements to existing programs that help Nova Scotians live healthier lives, and reduce the effects of chronic disease by initiating practical and innovative projects that aim to improve the health outcomes of those living with, or at risk of developing chronic disease.

Community groups know what is needed to support and strengthen the health of their families, neighbours, and broader community.  Given their knowledge of community needs, community groups will propose projects that align with their local Community Health Board Health Plan. Proposal will focus on activities that address risk factors that are common across chronic conditions.  Proposals can focus on helping people stop smoking, reducing harms associated with heavy drinking, improving exercise levels, helping people eat more vegetables and fruit, manage stress and support emotional well-being or combatting obesity, etc.  

Up to $300,000 is available through the innovation grant.

The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund enables communities groups to shape health and wellness activities and initiatives within in their own community and, in doing so, supports the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) vision of healthy people and healthy communities - for generations.

How do I apply?

The online submission form can be completed here
 

What is the deadline?

All applications must be submitted by November 30, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after this date. Once the application is submitted, by selecting submit at the end of the application, applicants will receive an email confirming the application has been received. 
 
CHBs will review project proposals to ensure alignment with CHB Health Plans by the end of January 2018.  All final evaluations, in accordance with the Assessment Criteria outlined below, will occur between January and March 2018.

Who can apply?

The innovation fund is open to community-based organizations, non-profit community groups (registered or non-registered) who have been together for at least 6 months and are able to receive and manage funds. The fund is not available for private, for profit groups, individuals or businesses. The innovation fund is not available for NSHA, IWK, or Department of Health and Wellness employees as the funds are available to provide project money to support local community groups. Applicants with a potential conflict of interest must declare this in the application.
The fund is not for:
  • Large capital equipment or infrastructure purchases,
  • Annual operating costs of existing programs.
  • Private, for profit groups, individuals or businesses
  • School boards, schools, municipalities
  • Research projects

What type of project does the fund support?

The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will support new programs or enhance existing programs that help Nova Scotians live healthier lives, and reduce the effects of chronic disease.  The innovation fund provides project money to community groups to initiate practical and innovative projects that aim to improve health outcomes of those living with, or at risk of developing, chronic disease.  
 

The fund supports projects that are innovative and achievable, with measurable outcomes and that have the potential to address a gap in existing community supports. For the purposes of the Chronic Disease Innovation Fund, innovation is defined as “implementation of a new, leading idea or approach in healthcare that may benefit a patient group or population within a community”. Innovation in healthcare is recognized as broader than the provision of evidence based care and considers care that is evidence informed and involves the lived patient experience.
 
Project must focus on initiatives and activities that address risk factors that are common across chronic conditions and would aim to help people stop smoking, reducing harms associated with heavy drinking, improve exercise levels, help people eat more vegetables and fruit, manage stress and support, emotional wellbeing, combat obesity, etc.  In addition, projects that help create supportive environments and strengthened community action can have a significant impact on overall health and quality of life. This provides opportunities for healthier choices by generating living conditions that are safe, stimulating, satisfying, and enjoyable. 
 
All projects must align with Community Health Board Health Plans and the NSHA vision of healthier people, healthy community - for generations.  

Submitted projects will demonstrate the following key components: 

  1. Support chronic disease prevention and management through achievable initiatives and activities that address risk factors common across chronic conditions and/or help create healthy communities and community action to support the health of those living or, or at risk of developing a chronic disease;
  2. Innovation in improving the health of people living with or at risk of developing chronic disease by addressing risk factors that are common across chronic health conditions; and
  3. Achievable outcomes within the allotted time frame
     

Who adjudicates the applications?

The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will be administered and adjudicated by the NSHA, working together with the CHBs and the Department of Health and Wellness. CHBs will review project summaries to provide support for the project and ensure alignment with community needs and priorities. Applications will be assessed by a review panel. Scoring of project applications is based on criteria previously described.  
 
The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund is a total of $300,000.  The total amounts awarded will depend on the number of successful proposals identified and the required budgets to support optimal implementation and achievable outcomes.
 
For successful applicants, a mid-year report will be due October 1, 2017.  Mid-year reports are to include a summary of the progress of the project including project activities, outcomes, evaluation and budget. Twenty five per cent (25%) of the award is withheld until the final report for the project is received by the NSHA at project end.
 
The final report is due within 45 days upon completion of the project and must describe how the project met the goals and outcomes proposed for the innovation. The final report describes the project evolution and demonstrates how the project met its stated outcomes. The final report must also include an accounting of expenditures following completion of the project. Reports are the responsibility of application’s project lead. 

Who can I contact to learn more?

Tina Swinamer, Health Services Lead, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Primary Health Care
Tel: 902-487-0215

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