Announcing the Third Call for Applications for the CHMI Learning Exchange!
The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI), in partnership with Solina Health, is thrilled to announce its third Call for Applications for the CHMI Learning Exchange! Applications are due by November 13th.
Download the application here: FINAL_CHMI LE Application_Fall 2016.docx
Recognizing the excellence and innovation within our global network, the CHMI Learning Exchange aims to facilitate structured learning partnerships between organizations that are profiled on CHMI, helping programs to improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale-up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market. Learning Exchanges help connect health program managers to their peers for a focused opportunity that can help organizations strengthen their health businesses, and expand access to improved quality care.
The CHMI Learning Exchange will provide funding of up to US $8,000 to successful applicants to facilitate learning partnerships. Programs that apply for participation in the Learning Exchange may also be considered for participation in a Learning Collaborative – an additional in-person opportunity to work with your learning exchange partner and other programs in our network that share similar programmatic challenges. To be eligible for this opportunity, at least one program must be based in West Africa, and both programs must be based in Sub-Saharan Africa.
CHMI has seen firsthand that peer learning activities can be a valuable tool to support programs on their path to scale, ultimately reaching more people with quality, affordable care. In April 2015, CHMI awarded its second round of learning exchange grants to five winning applications. Representing ten organizations and six countries, these new partnerships allowed program managers to improve and scale-up their models; past grantee activities range from replicating supply models, improving management and operational processes, building financial sustainability, and adapting new client safety systems.
A Learning Exchange Focused on Sub-Saharan Africa
Following the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, the global community refocused its attention on the fragmented health systems in West Africa. While many activities are implemented in West Africa with government support, there is a limited presence of peer learning opportunities in the region for private providers. Allowing innovators from across the continent to connect with West African programs helps CHMI to share tacit knowledge, understand country contexts and regional trends, and promote South-to-South learning partnerships.
Is this opportunity right for me?
Are you a healthcare manager running a program in Sub-Saharan Africa, aspiring to scale up your program or enter new markets?
Are you struggling with a central question around your business model, one that other program managers may have insight into?
Could you benefit from traveling or engaging virtually to learn from a similar healthcare program, either in your country or internationally?
If you answered yes to any of the above, the CHMI Learning Exchange may be a good opportunity for you! Read more here about the lessons learned from our first set of learning exchanges.
What is a Learning Exchange?
A Learning Exchange is an engagement between two or more organizations to share knowledge around a particular need or business practice. Partners may be based in the same geography or in different countries.
Because peer-to-peer exchanges are customized to address an organization’s particular and current need, they can be limited to the scope necessary to catalyze institutional change.
How does a Learning Exchange work?
Learning Exchanges will involve one or more healthcare organizations acting as lead partners and knowledge partners. One of these partners must be based in West Africa, and both programs need to be based in Sub-Saharan Africa
•Lead partner: A “lead partner” is a healthcare organization profiled by CHMI that will develop the application for the CHMI Learning Exchange and be responsible for disbursing funds to other partnering organizations. The “lead” partner can be the “learner” in a traditional “mentor-mentee” relationship; or, the lead partner and knowledge partners can represent similar organizations that may offer complementary skills, expertise, and ability to learn from one another. Lead partners should contact potential knowledge partners through CHMI or through other channels to solicit their agreement to apply for the CHMI Learning Exchange. Please contact email@example.com if you require assistance in contacting programs through our website.
•Knowledge partner: One or more healthcare organization(s) that work with a lead partner to exchange knowledge through activities specified in this application. Knowledge partner(s) should agree to participate with a lead partner prior to being named in an application for the CHMI Learning Exchange.
•Both partners should discuss the scope of the learning agenda, the way in which learning will take place, and its intended impact.
•The lead partner will submit an application to the CHMI Learning Exchange. The lead partner will assume responsibility for meeting outcomes, submitting reports, and determining whether and how funds are shared between partners. The knowledge partner will provide their organization’s commitment signature on the Lead partner’s application.
•A cohort of organizations will carry out their unique Learning Exchanges over a six-month period, from December 2016 through May 2017. 
•At the conclusion of the Learning Exchange, partners will reflect on what worked and what didn’t work, and share their experiences to benefit the broader CHMI community.
Learn more and apply by November 13th. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Download the application: FINAL_CHMI LE Application_Fall 2016.docx
 As part of the Learning Exchange application review process, CHMI will also select a small portion of successful applications for participation in an additional learning collaborative opportunity. If chosen for this opportunity, both the lead and knowledge partner will be sponsored to attend an in-person collaborative meeting where they will work with other participating programs in the Learning Exchange to solve shared challenges. Programs will be selected for this opportunity through a combination of the strength of their application and their fit with other applicants. Your ability or willingness to participate in the additional collaborative will NOT impact the decision making process for the Learning Exchange Application.
 The Center for Health Market Innovations will consider the following countries as being located in West Africa, in accordance with the United Nations statistical categorization of countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Please note that activities and application materials will be conducted in English.