Equity Community Organizing (ECO) Groups
The SCAN Foundation’s Advancing Health Equity for Aging initiative aims to reduce health inequities and improve the lives of older adults. The initiative is comprised of three parts, ECO Groups, People-Centered Communications Collective, and Harnessing Momentum.
ECO Group RFP
Our RFP to support community organizing is open until October 30, 2023.
The goal of the ECO Groups is to reduce health inequities for older adults with an emphasis on communities of color as well as those communities where race and ethnicity intersect with other factors – such as age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, language, or immigration status – that lead to inequities.
Request for Proposals
Up to $225,000 for an 18-month period, each selected entity will:
- Create an ECO Group comprised of older adults from impacted communities as well as local stakeholders demonstrating diverse perspectives (e.g., health, health care, aging, disability, health equity, racial justice).
- Identify and prioritize the key drivers of the health inequities they experience.
- Work together to codesign solutions that address these inequities.
- RFP Released September 19, 2023.
- Proposals due October 30, 2023, at 5:00 pm PT.
- RFP Informational Webinar September 26, 2023, at 10 am PT, register here.
- Projects begin January 15, 2024.
The Opportunity: Equity Community Organizing (ECO) Groups
The goals of ECO Groups are to:
- Identify and prioritize the key drivers of the health inequities, identified by GGS, that reflect their communities’ experiences,
- Work together to codesign solutions that address these inequities, and
- Move from community engagement to ownership.
To accomplish this, communities are encouraged to use a model for community organizing like the Community Organization Model, which emphasizes active participation from the community in identifying issues and strategies to address them, and collectively mobilizing to develop policies and programs to achieve their goals. Characteristics from this model should be used in the approach.
This effort is supported through our partnership with the California Health Care Foundation.