Call For Ideas To Address Racism As A Public Health Crisis

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Ideastream Public Media is looking for creative ideas from people and organizations in the Cleveland area to support a new health project. We are looking for partners to help raise awareness in the Cleveland area about the connection between racism and poor health. 

If selected, we will give financial support to your idea. Do you want to help by telling stories, or would you like to create a community event or conversation? We are open to any creative idea that you or your organization would like to do that would focus on historic racial biases and practices which contribute to the poor health of many in minority communities.

 We are looking for ideas that will:

  1. Raise awareness about the connection between racism and health.
  2. Raise awareness about potential solutions.
  3. Empower people to act to eliminate health disparities.
  4. Hold government and hospital officials accountable. What plans do they have to address the root of the health issues and create more equality in Cleveland?

Some examples of the kind of projects we hope to support include: journalism stories for any of our outlets, an event, a panel discussion, new ways to distribute stories and other content on social media, or new ways to get the community engaged and involved. These are just examples, but we are open to any creative ideas that address one or more of the four criteria listed above. 

All ideas are due July 2, 2021, after which we will email everyone who applied with next steps and follow-up questions. If you have questions about your potential project or our process, we may have answers! If you don't see your question in our FAQ, feel free to email marlene.harris-taylor@ideastream.org if you have questions or want to talk with us about your idea. 

Apply here!

 

Project Summary

It is no secret that Black and brown Cleveland-area residents continue to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and many other chronic health problems at much higher rates than whites. Hispanic and Black Americans are also dying from the coronavirus at much higher rates than white Americans.

For many years, the efforts to improve the health of people in minority groups have focused on changing their behavior. There have been few efforts, however, to examine and create a community conversation in Cleveland about how barriers and racial bias have influenced the health of people in this area.

We’ve known for many years that poverty, stress, pollution, lead poisoning in housing, lack of access to medical care and insurance, are major reasons why Black and Hispanic residents suffer from some health issues at higher rates, but now many local governments and hospitals are declaring they are ready to change the systems that perpetuate these racial biases. They have declared that racism is a public health crisis.

The ideastream Health Team plans to shift the way we report on racism, lack of investment in minority communities and health disparities. Our goal is to inform, educate and demonstrate that racism is a public health crisis. We also want this project to reach beyond our newsroom and our radio, TV and digital platforms. That is why we are seeking community partners.

We are looking to partner with Northeast Ohio community organizations, people who live in communities impacted by racial inequities, journalism organizations (large or small), and individual journalists, who have ideas on how to tackle this issue. The ideastream health team will offer different levels of financial support to help these ideas come to life. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline to apply
All ideas are due July 2, 2021, after which we will email everyone who applied with next steps and follow-up questions. In the meantime, feel free to email marlene.harris-taylor@ideastream.org if you have questions or want to talk with us about your idea.

After we review all applications, we will invite people to join collaboration sessions with Ideastream Public Media to talk about ideas, resources and collaborations. More information will be shared after July 2.

The second phase will be a written application and the third phase will be an interview. We will share who we will chose as partners in August!  

When does the proposed project need to be complete? 
The start date is flexible; however, all projects must be completed by March 1, 2023. Therefore, ideas can start at a later date or be a series that last over several months. 

Do you need to be a 501 (c) 3 to apply?
No, you do not need to be a 501(c)3 to apply! You can be an individual community member, for profit business or community group. 

What is the full application process? 
The application is broken into three phases. The first phase is the application that is currently live. We are looking for ideas that address any or all of the following: 

  1. Raise awareness about the connection between racism and health outcomes. 
  1. Raise awareness about potential solutions and pathways for achieving more equitable health outcomes. 
  1. Empower people across multiple spheres of influence to take action to eliminate health disparities. 
  1. Hold governmental agencies and other medical institutions accountable to address racism as a public health crisis. 

How much funding will go to each project? 
The amount of money that will go to each project depends on the number of projects chosen, as well as what is needed to bring the project to life.

The second part of the application process will involve submitting more information about how much money is needed. We can work with you to talk that through, if necessary.

We encourage ambitious projects. 

Are there any restrictions to the proposed ideas? 
Projects should clearly address one or more of the four criteria listed above. We are not limiting the scope or format of ideas because we want to encourage new and creative approaches.

If you want to talk through your idea with us before submitting it, please get in touch! 

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