Implementation Awards

Request for Proposals

Implementation Support & Facilitation Training

The Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) has launched an aggressive plan to expand access to the Centering model of group healthcare in communities where group care can have the greatest impact. With this expansion, CHI has developed a program offering implementation support and facilitation training to 130 eligible sites - primarily in FQHCs and community health centers - eliminating the financial barrier to those in resource-limited communities. These awards will be presented in several waves over two years that began in January 2018.

CenteringParenting is the focus of this initiative. Awardees are expected to begin CenteringParenting groups in the first year of implementation (this may be independent of CenteringPregnancy groups or as a continuity model).

Please note that this is not a monetary award, but the granting of in-kind services.

How to Apply

The Request for Proposals outlines in detail the services awarded and requirements to apply.

Proposals are comprised of four components:

  1. Proposal Narrative
  2. Sustainability budget
  3. Commitment to the conditions of the project Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  4. Commitment to use the CenteringCounts online data system which will require a Business Associate Agreement (BAA)
  • Proposals can only be submitted online
  • No hard copies will be accepted
  • We urge you to write and save your narrative answers offline in Word or another program first. Once final, paste content into the narrative online to avoid losing all of your work if your browser crashes during submission.

*Please do not submit a separate Readiness Assessment ahead of your proposal!


The goals of this expansion are to increase patient access to Centering care, specifically CenteringParenting family-centered well-child care; to increase the number of Centering sites from 550 to 1,600 and increase our reach from 60,000 to 300,000+ patients per year. Based on past research, CHI expects the spread of Centering models to demonstrate a profound impact on health outcomes and equity at the selected sites:

CenteringParenting Goals:
  • Increased safe sleep practices
  • Extended breastfeeding
  • Increase rates of current immunizations
  • More developmental screenings conducted
  • More access to oral health services
  • More moms with healthy BMI
  • More screenings for intimate partner violence & postpartum depression

CenteringPregnancy Goals:

  • Preterm birth at least 1/3 lower than local baselines
  • Reduction of black/white preterm birth disparity
  • Breastfeeding initiation rates improved by at least 10% vs. baseline

CenteringHealthcare Goals:

CenteringHealthcare is a framework that provides structure and resources to apply the Centering methodology to any patient population appropriate for group care, goals will vary based on the patient population and local baselines.


As part of this initiative, researchers at Boston Medical Center are launching a multi-site, cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) to determine the effectiveness of CenteringParenting on school readiness in early childhood, as measured by language development at 24 months, (in addition to health care utilization, child routine care maintenance, parenting stress, caregiver behaviors and attitudes). Only awardee sites will be invited to participate in this ground-breaking study. This RCT is funded by the Overdeck Family Foundation and the Valhalla Charitable Foundation (funder of this grant initiative) and awardee sites participation is encouraged by CHI. We anticipate the evidence-base created by this study will be a critical component of the success of CenteringParenting.

Timetable for Proposals

  • First wave proposals due: January 7, 2019

Announcements by end of March

  • Second wave proposals due: May 31, 2019

Announcements by end of July

  • Third wave proposals due: July 31, 2019

Announcements by end of September

Questions & Additional Help

CHI is available to answer questions regarding the application process through the CenteringConnects online forum. You do not need to register to view questions and responses. To pose a question, please register and login.

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