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Learn how your Program can lead the way in changing the healthcare system for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics goal is to reach 100 Programs recognized as Healthy Communities by 2020.
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Project Planning Tools
2018 Application Package
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: Programs that achieve these six criteria can be recognized as an official Healthy Community.
Guide for Project Planning
: A project planning document that will help you analyze the unmet health needs faced by athletes and others with intellectual disabilities in your Program or local community, and develop strategies to address the underlying causes.
Template for Project Planning
: The Project Planning Template for 3-Year Healthy Communities Projects.
Sample Job Description
: Programs can use and revise this draft Healthy Communities manager job description when seeking to recruit a team member focused on year-round health.
1-Year Grant FAQs
: Please find a list of questions and answers Programs may have about potential Expanding Health Grants.
: Time sheet for staff working on Healthy Communities project
Redirection of Funds Application
: This document is to be used if during the project period you need to reallocate funding for more than 10% of your approved budget.
Sample Budget Justification
: An example of the level of detail needed in a budget justification document.
: Learn how to provide funding for your Program through this interactive guide to Grant Writing.
Healthy Communities Report Tracking Tool
: This Excel spreadsheet helps 1- and 3-year grantees report on the health work they've done. Please report on your health work for the full grant year: April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018.
Glossary of Terms
: Please refer to this document to define some of the most commonly misunderstood metrics. If you have additional questions about these metrics, please contact your Regional Health Manager.
Mid-Year Report due October 15
: You should have received a log-in and unique link to access your online report. Please use the tracking tool (see below) to collect your metrics for the Mid-Year report. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Regional Health Manager.
: Get access to files, documents, templates and logos that are designed to support Special Olympics Programs with marketing and hosting health-related events and programming.
Special Olympics Health Program Identity Guidelines
: These guidelines explain how to implement Healthy Athletes event identity and how to recognize Programs that have achieved the recognition as a Healthy Community.
Healthy Communities Pitch Deck
: This PowerPoint is designed for Special Olympics Program personnel to use or to customize when marketing Healthy Communities to potential partners.
Low-cost Innovative Practices
: Information on low-cost, innovative ways of incorporating health into your programming.
Fundraising for Health
: Learn about SOI's strategies for developing more corporate sponsors around our health work and hear success stories and best practices from select Programs.
Special Olympics 2016-2020 Health Strategy: New Directions and Opportunities
: Learn about Special Olympics' 5-year Health strategy, the US implementation plan approved by CDC, and the opportunities this strategy and plan present to our US Programs.
Power Your Program Through Partnerships
: Learn how to find partners and strengthen relationships to enhance your health work. Hear tips to engage Clinical Directors, community organizations, local and state government, funders, and athlete leaders.
Healthy Communities Webinars
: Healthy Communities Webinars are offered monthly. View past webinars and get the notes and other materials that go along with each one.
2018 Application Package
2018 1-Year Application
: If you are interested in applying for the 1 April 2018- 31 March 2019 Healthy Community grant cycle please apply here.
2018 1-Year Grant Application Instructions and FAQs
: This guide will explain how to complete the 2018 1 Year Healthy Community grant application and provide real examples on follow up care and wellness opportunities.
: Please complete your budget using this template. Please refer to the Budget Justification sheet in the Budget tools to guide you in completing.
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