New NFIMR Funding Opportunity!
June 19, 2012
Possible Approaches: For those FIMR projects that have already begun to incorporate these principles, the challenge will be to take further steps to move that effort forward. For projects that have not yet begun, the challenge is to discover strategies to incorporate the life course theory into existing local FIMR activities at the same time as creating local support to begin this work from both CRT and CAT team members and the community at large.
Grant period:1 year
Request for Proposals: TBA
Outcomes: FIMR projects that are awarded these small grants are expected to develop successful model FIMR/LCT programs that other FIMR programs may wish to emulate and be available to discuss their work with interested FIMR projects. A summary of the five individual project’s accomplishments will be published by NFIMR.
Additional LCT Key Concepts: Further reading can be found here: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/lifecourseapproach.htmland here http://cchealth.org/groups/lifecourse/pdf/lci_fact_sheet.pdf
More about LCT: According to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau: “Life course theory (LCT) is a conceptual framework that helps explain health and disease patterns – particularly health disparities – across populations and over time. Instead of focusing on differences in health patterns one disease or condition at a time, LCT points to broad social, economic and environmental factors as underlying causes of persistent inequalities in health for a wide range of diseases and conditions across population groups. LCT is population focused, and firmly rooted in social determinants and social equity models. Though not often explicitly stated, LCT is also community (or “place”) focused, since social, economic and environmental patterns are closely linked to community and neighborhood settings. While LCT has developed in large part from efforts to better understand and address disparities in health and disease patterns, it is also applied more universally to understand factors that can help everyone attain optimal health and developmental trajectories over a lifetime and across generations. From http://mchb.hrsa.gov/lifecourse/rethinkingmchlifecourse.pdf