Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP)

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LAPP RFP Brochure
LAPP Informational Webinar (pre-recorded)
LAPP Funding FAQs

Announcing LAPP Round 2:

Leveraging COVID-19 Relief Funding to Advance Sustainable Data-Sharing Policies for Improving Health, Equity and Well-Being 

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) in partnership with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), is pleased to launch a second round of the Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) program. 

DASH is granting $80,000 to five awardees to support sustainable efforts by local or state governments in collaboration with community partnerships to advance the use of COVID-19 relief funds to support data-sharing and data-integration efforts that aim to improve health, equity, and well-being in local communities and identify learnings for how states can support community data sharing through policy.

The purpose of this second round of funding for the Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) grant is to support coordinated local or state government and community partnerships as they leverage COVID-19 relief funds to advance policies for data-sharing and data-integration efforts, improve a culture of health and advance equity, and, importantly, inform state policy development.

Specifically, this program will support awardees to:

  1. Support community engagement in local or state | COVID-19 relief investment planning efforts.
  2. Increase communities’ capacity to collaborate across diverse sectors for the deployment of COVID-19 funds to address racial inequities through shared data.
  3. Identify roles and opportunities for state policy to promote sustainable data sharing to improve health and equity.
  4. Identify, develop, or advance new policies and practices that center equity and the voice of community members in cross-sector data sharing and data-integration efforts to improve health and advance equity.
  5. Learn from a community of peers’ methods for addressing common data-sharing challenges.
  6. Collectively learn from one another about what is needed to address a specific, equity-related priority through data-sharing and integration.

Through this opportunity, the LAPP program aims to maximize the chances that COVID-19 relief funds are invested in a shared data infrastructure among health care, social services, and public health that: centers equity, meets communities’ self-determined needs, and supports systems change for community health and well-being. This may require:

  • Inclusive Planning
  • Addressing harmful impacts to racial and social equity created by legacy data systems
  • Identifying a Shared or Aligned Purpose
  • Building Partnerships
  • Being Mindful of Power Dynamics
  • Developing Clear and Equitable Governance Structures
  • Understanding Policy Goals and Objectives
  • Engaging in Peer Learning
  • Sustainability and Capacity Building Supports for Longer Term Impacts and Planning

All details for the LAPP Opportunity are included in the LAPP Brochure.

Request for Proposals

Application Due Date: November 12, 2021 at 3:30 PM EST. Applications must be submitted via the RWJF Online Application System.

Questions / Inquiries about the LAPP program can be sent to info@dashconnect.org with the subject “LAPP Program.”

All applicants should log into the RWJF Online Application System to familiarize themselves with online submission requirements well before the submission deadlines. In fairness to all applicants, the program will not accept late submissions.

Informational Webinar: Access the presentation materials here and view the recorded session below:

All In: Data for Community Health Presents Pandemic Recovery: An Opportunity to Align Data Systems

Featured speakers are: Jeffrey Levi, PhD Professor of Health Policy and Management at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and Karen Minyard, Ph.D., CEO Department of Public Management and Policy, Georgia Health Policy Center and director of the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC).

With hundreds of billions of dollars flowing to state and local governments as part of the pandemic recovery effort, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address upstream determinants of health and rebuild our public health and human services infrastructures. This webinar will address two key questions:

  1. What are some of the immediate opportunities at the state and local level for rebuilding?
  2. How can this moment be leveraged to advance better data systems across all sectors?

FAQs (Updated Weekly)

Questions may be submitted to info@dashconnect.org, please include “LAPP Program” in the subject line.  FAQs are gathered and updates posted every Friday.  DASH can not guarantee answers to questions submitted after December 4th. Access the FAQs List here. Please submit FAQs to info@dashconnect.org

DASH intends to make five awards of up to $80,000 each for seven months (January through July 2022).

Application resources:




  • Download the LAPP Brochure to learn more about eligibility / selection criteria, expectations, and how to apply.
  • Read answers to FAQs that have been submitted for past calls for applications.
  • Follow this link to the online application system where you can download a sample application and apply for the grant.
  • Applications for this program must be submitted via the RWJF Online Application System by the application deadline: November 12, 2021 at 3:30 PM EST.
  • How to Join All In: (To be eligible to apply for the LAPP grant the applicant must be a member of All In.)

If you’re new to All In, the first step to join is to sign up for the online community (All In www.allindata.org ) and create an individual member profile. 

LAPP Timeline

  • September 27, 2021, at 10 AM EST — Release Date
  • September 27, 2021 — Informational webinar (pre-recorded release)
  • November 12, 2021, 3:30 PM EST — Application deadline
  • December 2021 — Awardees notified
  • January-July 2022 — Learning Collaborative and project implementation
  • July 2022 — Reporting and Outcomes

For More Information on the Prior Round of LAPP

For more information about the LAPP Program and Awardees 2020 – 2021 | Round 1


DASH is an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation led by the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute.  DASH is committed to building a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Achieving this goal requires focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. To that end, we are committed to fostering diverse perspectives. We recognize that individuals’ perspectives are shaped by a host of factors, such as their race, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, age, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, familial status, education, religion, legal status, military service, political affiliation, geography, and other personal and professional experiences. DASH seeks diversity in our team, partners, and grantees.


Supported through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, DASH supports collaborations that work together to improve the health of their communities, promote health equity, and contribute to a Culture of Health by strengthening information-sharing systems, engaging additional sectors and community members, and building sustainable capacity to work collaboratively toward community goals. DASH shares lessons learned from awardees to create a body of knowledge and advance this emerging field of sharing data and information across and beyond traditional health sectors, and leverages peer-to-peer connection opportunities to spread innovative approaches that address the root causes of inequity and poor health. The home for this network of dissemination is All In: Data for Community Health.


The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations to advance innovative and cost-effective models for organizing, financing, and delivering health care services. Its work focuses on: (1) advancing delivery system and payment reform; (2) integrating services for people with complex needs; and (3) building Medicaid and cross-sector leadership capacity to support high-quality, cost-effective care.