E4A from the Grantees’ Perspective

Since its inception, the leadership and staff of Evidence for Action (E4A) have offered insights about the program in a variety of venues. While we certainly have important information to share about what types of projects are the best fit for E4A funding, we haven’t experienced what it’s like to be on the other side of the program — applying for a grant. To date, 15 projects have met E4A’s criteria for actionable, rigorous, and innovative research and have been awarded grant funding.

Our portfolio of funded projects demonstrates the broad range of topic areas where our grantees are including health in their research. A few examples include criminal justice, the Medicaid fee bump, access to prenatal care for immigrant women, gun culture, food insecurity, and litigation regarding a Physical Education policy. Our grantees’ research backgrounds and partnerships span various disciplines and sectors that involve traditional as well as non-traditional health fields. John Mullahy, PhD, the principle investigator leading the Multiple Chronic Conditions and Population Health project is a health economist. John Forsyth, MPA, from the Seattle Housing Authority works with Stephanie Farquhar, PhD, MA, a Senior Social Research Scientist at Public Health — Seattle King County Health Department, on the Seattle Yesler Terrace Redevelopment grant. The water policy grant brings together Dr. Kurt Schwabe’s proficiency in water economics and policy with Drs. Bruce Link and Mindy Marks’s extensive knowledge of the impacts of social and economic inequalities on health.

This five-part Medium series is designed to highlight our grantees’ voices and share their experiences interacting with the program. To prepare for the series we asked grantees about their initial reactions to discovering E4A’s grant opportunity, how the program might have allowed them to approach their research differently than in the past, and how E4A’s vision has impacted their research. Their responses are reflected in the themes that will be featured as installments in the series: E4A as a flexible funding mechanism, support of and inspiration for the development of interdisciplinary/cross-sector teams, a broad view of health and its determinants, and the balance of rigor and actionability. Follow us and read our first installment next week about how E4A’s flexible funding mechanism may apply to you.

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