Applying for a Navigator Grant? Plan for Success!

By Dayanne Leal

We recognize the crucial role that assisters play in getting America covered, and last week’s Funding Opportunity Announcement for the next cycle of Navigator grants marks an important opportunity to strengthen these programs going forward. We believe in supporting groups that want to play this important role every chance we have, so we’ve put together a summary of resources that applicants might find helpful.

If you plan, you are more likely to have successful results!

For those applying for the new funding opportunity, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been specific about the need to include in the grant application a concrete plan regarding how applicants will connect consumers to health coverage. This includes things like a description of the population of focus, a list of public education and outreach activities, a count of the number of consumers your organization intends to reach, and the number of people you expect to serve. Developing an outreach or in-reach work plan will help you capture all this information and more.

For those getting ready for the second open enrollment period, it is time to evaluate your outreach and in-reach efforts and formulate a plan for success. It is important to reflect on your progress thus far so you can better plan your future efforts. Did you develop an outreach/in-reach work plan for the first open enrollment period? Did you track and evaluate your in-reach and outreach efforts? Do you know what your most effective strategies are and how were you able to make that assessment? If you answered yes to these questions, you are on the right track. If you are not quite as confident, we are here to help you!

Here is how Enroll America can help.

Enroll America has launched an exciting Curriculum Hub, and one of the topics covered is Developing an Outreach Work Plan. At our training hub, you’ll find information about how to develop an outreach work plan, slides and “train the trainer” training materials, and a short training video.

The bottom line is that developing an outreach/in-reach work plan will help you capture and document your activities, ensure you stay on track, and help you measure the results of your efforts. If you’re scratching your head about how to go about developing an outreach work plan, below you will find a step-by-step process for completing your outreach/in-reach work plan:

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Note that as part of designing your plan, you also need to identify how you will evaluate it. Choosing the right indicators will help you. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How will I know if my strategy is working?
  • What baseline information should I obtain and/or use before implementation?
  • What outcomes should I measure?
  • What indicators will I use to assess my intended outcome?

If you are struggling for ideas about which indicators to choose, the examples below may point you in the right direction:

outreach planning examples

Once again, visit our Curriculum Hub to find out more information about how you can develop your outreach/in-reach work plan to help you in your efforts!

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