2020 REACH Lark Award Rules

REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Nomination for Advancing Health Equity

About the Award
Thank you for your interest in the 2020 REACH Lark Award. The application period will open on December 1, 2019. CDC will accept applications through January 28, 2020.

The REACH Lark Award honors extraordinary individuals, organizations, or community coalitions associated with the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program for advancing the science and practice of improving health equity to eliminate health disparities at the national, state, or local levels. This award is to recognize efforts made by individuals or teams that engaged communities to remove barriers to health linked to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, and other social determinants of health. To support the science and practice of improving health equity, this award can help further the goals of the REACH program by documenting and disseminating the innovative or unique interventions that led to reduced health disparities achieved by those nominated and are applying for this award.

Authority for the Private Sector (15 U.S.C. § 3719) COMPETES Act

  • Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Award Approving Official: Director, CDC.
  • Who is eligible? The REACH Lark Award is open to the public. The award recognizes individuals or teams that engaged communities to remove barriers to health linked to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, and other social determinants of health.
  • What is the deadline? The 2020 REACH Lark Award application period closes January 28, 2020.
  • What is REACH? The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program has demonstrated success in addressing racial and ethnic disparities and promoting health equity by engaging with diverse communities and implementing culturally tailored interventions. Learn more about the REACH Program.

The award is authorized by Public Law 111-358, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010 (COMPETES Act).

For questions about the award process, e-mail dnpaopolicy@cdc.gov with the words “REACH Lark Award” in the subject line.

Eligibility
This award recognizes individuals that successfully implemented culturally tailored interventions that ultimately led to reduced health disparities in chronic conditions including hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or obesity and associated risk behaviors of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, or smoking. The REACH Lark Award is open to the public. Individuals or teams applying for this award must:

  1. Complete the application form under the rules promulgated by HHS/CDC.
  2. Comply with all the requirements under this section and satisfy one of the following requirements:
    • a. Be a currently- or previously-funded CDC REACH recipient that has not previously received the REACH Lark Award in any year.
    • b. Be a technical assistance provider to past or current REACH recipients. Learn about our REACH recipients.
    • c. Be a partner organization, part of a partner network, or coalition members that collaborated with current or previously funded REACH recipients.
  3. Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident 13 years of age or older.
    • a. Private entities must be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States.
    • b. Individuals, whether participating singly or in a group, must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
    • c. The United States means a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any other territory or possession of the United States.
  4. Not be an employee of or contractor within CDC.

In addition, a federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to apply.

  1. An HHS employee who wishes to submit an application shall not work on their applications or submissions during assigned duty hours.
  2. Federal grantees may not use federal funds to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications for this award.
  3. Federal contractors may not use federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission.
  4. An individual or team shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or team used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis.

Rules

  1. Applicants submit an application describing how they assisted with or successfully carried out culturally tailored interventions that ultimately led to reduced health disparities in chronic conditions including hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or obesity and associated risk behaviors of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, or smoking.
  2. This award highlights how diverse communities worked together to address health disparities and achieve one of the following:
    • a. Addressed preventable risk behaviors (tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity).
    • b. Linked community and clinical efforts to increase access to health care and preventive care programs at the community level.
    • c. Supported implementation, evaluation and dissemination of practice- and evidence-based strategies related to tobacco use prevention, nutrition, physical activity, or community-clinical linkages.
  3. The applicant refers to each individual or team who applies—and by participating— represents, warrants, and agrees that the entry contains accurate information.
  4. Applicants must agree to recognition as an applicant or awardee, if selected, and agree to participate in an interview to develop a success story that describes the intervention(s) that promoted health equity.
    • a. Applicants and the awardee may be recognized on CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity website or the CDC website generally.
    • b. For instance, interventions used by the awardee and certain applicants that promote health equity may be written into a success story or micro lesson, placed on CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity website, or the CDC website, and attributed to the applicants.
  5. By participating
    • a. Individuals and organizations agree to assume any and all risks related to participating in the award process. Individuals or organizations also agree to waive claims against the federal government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, when participating in the award process, including claims for injury; death; damage; or loss of property, money, or profits, and including those risks caused by negligence or other causes.
  6. No cash prize will be awarded. The selected nomination will receive a plaque and recognition.

General Conditions
HHS/CDC reserves the right to cancel, suspend, or modify the REACH Lark Award, or any part of it, for any reason, at HHS/CDC’s sole discretion.

Applying for this award constitutes an applicants’ full and unconditional agreement to abide by the Challenge’s Official Rulesexternal icon.

How to Enter (Submission Guidelines)
To compete for this award, individuals and entities must submit an application form online by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. Applying will require applicants to provide a free-text written statement of 500 words or less that describes the nominee’s unique and innovative approach that led to reduced health disparities in chronic disease.

Prize
A maximum of one applicant (individual or team) will receive a winner’s plaque. The winner may be invited to meetings by CDC or nonfederal individuals or organizations from outside the agency. Attendance at such events is not required as a condition of accepting the prize. No cash prize will be awarded.

Selecting the Winner
CDC or nonfederal individuals from outside the agency will facilitate a panel of three to five experts consisting of CDC staff and other national experts to review the applications and select a winning entry from all eligible entries based on the following judging criteria:

  • The extent to which the applicant’s work shows alignment with CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) health equity goals to decrease health disparities, address social determinants of health, and promote access to high quality preventive health care. (20 points)
  • The extent to which the applicant’s work addressed health issues, including hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or obesity and addressed the following preventable risk behaviors: tobacco use, poor nutrition, or physical inactivity. (20 points)
  • The extent to which the applicant’s work demonstrated success in systems improvement that impacted health outcomes in one or more of the following areas: access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, and public safety. (20 points)
  • The extent to which the applicant’s work provided a unique or innovative solution to improving outcomes for groups most affected by health disparities, specifically, African Americans/blacks, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders. (20 points)
  • The extent to which the applicant engaged members of the community across different sectors and successfully demonstrated the development, implementation, and evaluation of the work within the community related to groups most affected by health disparities. (20 points)

Judges will use a point system out of 100 to select the winner putting equal emphasis on the basis of the criteria discussed above.

In addition to the 500 word or less free-text written statement, applicants can also submit evidence that demonstrates they met the criteria through publications, links to online content, and other forms of written material.

After the selection process is completed, up to nine applicants (inclusive of the winner) may be asked to participate in a telephone discussion about the interventions used by the individual or team to successfully promote health equity and reduce health disparities. Themes from these discussions may be shared publicly to provide additional information to promote innovative and unique interventions that led to reduced health disparities.

Applicants and the winner (including all members of the team, if a team is selected as the winner) must comply with all terms and conditions of these official rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein. CDC will notify the winner by e-mail, telephone, or mail after the date of the judging.

CDC Judges Panel
CDC will select judges based on their knowledge of the REACH program, the science and practice of improving health equity, and the elimination of health disparities at the national, state, or local levels. Judges may include REACH program senior advisors, other CDC employees, or nonfederal individuals from outside the agency that are national experts.

REACH Lark Award Application: Application will be available December 1, 2019.