Limited Submission: Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative

The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative will seek to reduce significant health disparities impacting minorities and disadvantaged populations through the implementation of evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact.  The program will serve residents in counties disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic; reduce the impact of serious mental illness at the primary care level for children, adolescents and/or adults; and reduce obesity prevalence and disparities in weight status among disadvantaged children and adolescents.

The application must demonstrate that the proposed project involves a collaborative partnership with at least two partners (including the applicant), one of whom must be one of the following:  an academic research center, prevention research center, teaching hospital, Tribal Epidemiology Center, a public or state controlled institution of higher education, a private institution of higher education, a Native American tribal government or organization.

Proposals must fall under one of the three focus areas of this program:

  1. Opioid abuse
  2. Childhood/adolescent obesity
  3. Serious mental illness

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • Upper $350,000 USD

OHM anticipates funding up to 16 cooperative agreements for $300,000 to $350,000 each for approximately $5 million total, for a one-year period of performance, for a project period of three years.


  • Public and state controlled institutions of higher education are eligible.

Limitation Details

Only one application per organization under each of the three focus areas will be considered for this competition (for a maximum total of three). If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • PI’s curriculum vitae

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to Lauren Sisko at

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

  • Administrative and budgetary requirements:
    HHS/OASH Office of Grants Management
    Brenda Donaldson
  • Program Requirements or Technical Assistance:
    HHS/OASH Office of Minority Health
    Sonsiere Cobb-Souza

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