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What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing

June 18 @ 9:17 pm

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing

This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use www.countyhealthrankings.org as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.


  1. By the end of the session, participants will describe how to use What Works for Health when writing a grant proposal
  2. By the end of the session, participants will define the evidence ratings in County Health Rankings What Works for Health
  3. By the end of the session, participants will describe at least three examples of past NNLM-funded projects that relate to the evidence categories in What Works for Health

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Maximum advanced level CECH earned are 1.

This course also offers 1 MLA CE.

Presenter: Toni Lewis, MPH, HO, is a Community Health Strategist providing strategic guidance to grantees of New Jersey Health Initiatives, a grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As a mentor, coach and friend, she empowers people working collectively across diverse sectors to achieve long-term equitable opportunities to be healthy. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

While public health is global, Toni is honored to focus her strategic guidance to affect communities in the garden state, New Jersey. Her interest in working with communities began in Mercer County, New Jersey where she worked as a Project Director, achieving the first county wide community participatory health assessment and plan. Following that, she worked in development at various non-profit organizations primarily in health care quality and access, education, and maternal and child health. An entrepreneur at heart, Toni brings a unique fiscal administrative view to public health policy work from earlier work experience as a small business owner.

Toni holds licenses with NJ Department of Health as a Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Toni received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Ramapo College and Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.


June 18, 2024
9:17 pm
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