Healthcare alone is not enough for good health.
A person’s lifestyle contributes 6 times more to good health than healthcare itself.
We invite social and health-minded innovators to submit their Grant proposal on mobilising communities to adopt healthier living. Successful applicants can receive grant funding of up to 75% of project costs, capped at $150,000 per year over 2 years.
Community organisations (eg. Social enterprises, Non-Profit Organisations) and organisations with prior experience conducting community-based initiatives
- The organisation must be an entity registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) or the Registry of Societies
- Interested in creating a health-related movement in the Western Region of Singapore and other sites
- Good track record of serving the community
Studies1 show that 60% of a person’s health is impacted by social and behavioural factors that influence overall health outcomes, compared to healthcare which factors in at only 10%.
In Singapore, lifestyle-related chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension continue to be on the rise – despite continued efforts to make quality healthcare more accessible and affordable.
Diabetes, hypertension and obesity are preventable and avoidable chronic conditions. Genetic predisposition weights in at 30%.
The increasing stressors of navigating work, family and life have also taken a toll on Singaporeans’ mental health and well-being.
In particular, sleep is an essential aspect of mental health. However, 42.5% of the working population in Singapore reported poor sleep quality and 66.2% have an average of <7 hours of sleep per night2.
1Determinants of Health and their Contribution to Premature Deaths: Schroeder’s 40/30/20/10 “rule-of-thumb”: (NEJM, 2007)
2Prevalence of the factors associated with poor sleep quality and short sleep in a working population in Singapore: (Sleep Health, 2019)
To co-create and drive sustainable social movements for health, by activating communities to adopt and advocate healthy behaviours through capability building and developing social connectedness.
Singaporeans are expected to live longer but spend more time battling preventable chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes and hypertension, and mental health illnesses.
A 2021 survey* revealed that In 2020, 23.6% of Singaporeans had insufficient physical activity. Additionally, more than 50% of respondents led more sedentary lifestyles, despite recognising the importance of living a healthier lifestyle.
What is a marker of good health?
Mental and physical health are equally crucial for overall well-being. Getting sufficient quality sleep, eating healthily and exercising regularly are important to achieving good health.
Average Life Expectancy is a traditional measure to benchmark a population’s health, which Singapore ranked number 1 in the world for men and women in 2019. How do we maximise our ‘good’ years, which is 60% within our control?
ABOUT THE FUND
What is the
MOHT is a change agent-partner that facilitates and accelerates healthcare transformation. With MOH and partners, MOHT jointly designs and implements system-level solutions that better empower people to keep healthy and manage their chronic disease, and to develop a new health ecosystem that is well integrated, data-driven, and delivers value-based outcomes.
NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (NUS SSHSPH) was established in October 2011 as Singapore’s national school of public health and is a member of the National University Health System (NUHS). The School aims to continually foster healthier communities in Singapore and the region, and impact public health programmes and policies through its robust educational programmes and translational cross-disciplinary research work on cohort studies and life course epidemiology, infectious disease research, health technology assessments, health promotion, workplace safety and health, health systems evaluation and health services research.
NUS SSHSPH collaborates with MOHT to develop strategies for creating Movements for Health (M4H). They will also evaluate the effectiveness of the M4H Model and Community Movement Champions (CMC) or Grantee Partner-led health movements in promoting awareness, adoption, and advocacy of healthy behaviours. The aim is to identify effective strategies to grow and sustain health movements in the future.
Bold At Work equips youths and organisations with the tools and mindsets to define what good work means to them. They do this through introducing tools and processes, as well as running a youth innovation studio lab, that enable people to positively design their ways forward, both at the workplace and in the community.
Bold is a key partner, that will create engaging platforms and equip budding CMCs with the necessary mindsets and skills to create, scale and sustain movements for health. Bold will also coach CMCs on effective activation, alignment and action that can raise awareness, adoption and advocacy in growing movements for health. Finally, they will establish a platform and process for learning and outreach, document their effectiveness, and share the M4H work to rally others to join in.