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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Social Determinants of Health Challenge

Deadline: June 7, 2019

Social determinants of health (SDoH) can have critical impacts on well being. However, these factors are often overlooked and excluded in established health care frameworks. Technology has the potential to improve how people address ongoing care delivery by utilizing SDoH information to provide targeted, personalized, and comprehensive care that accounts for the drivers of health in communities. The SDoH Innovation Challenge is seeking proposals to develop a digital solution to help providers and/or patients connect to services related to social determinants of health.

Social determinants of health are increasingly recognized as an integral factor in the health of members of a community. However many people have limited knowledge on what SDoH are and how they can be considered in care models. Social determinants of health are defined as conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Examples include: access to and quality of housing, employment, community resources, exposure to violence, social and community support, food security/insecurity, education opportunities, access to transportation, discrimination, and cultural norms.

Example SDoH Innovation Challenge submissions include:

  • Digital tool that pulls data from nonprofit services to assist health systems serve diverse patient populations on an ongoing basis
  • App for consumers that provides alerts, warnings, or health-related advice specific to their community/geographic area (e.g., smog/air quality, heat warnings, weather updates, road congestion)
  • Tools to improve health quality indoors (e.g., homes, offices, schools) by intelligently monitoring and adjusting environmental factors such as lighting and temperature
  • Communication system for clinicians to video record discharge instructions, condition-specific advice, and follow-up information, giving individuals the ability to access and replay them at any time
  • Health-focused language translation resources that allow users to understand care information and communicate with clinicians in their preferred language
  • Technology that harnesses governmental or open source data to create insights for healthcare providers to evaluate SDoH and improve population health

Amount: The Challenge will be conducted in two phases. In phase 1, five semi-finalists will be awarded $5,000 and will further develop their solution in phase 2 (phase 2 deadline is August 9, 2019). Three finalists will be chosen at the end of phase II to demo their technology on stage at one of digital health’s most prominent conferences (to be announced). First, second, and third place winners will be chosen live at the conference. First place will receive $40,000, second place will receive $25,000, and third place will receive $10,000.

Eligibility: (a) Business and nonprofit entities formed and maintaining a principal place of business in the United States; and (b) Individuals and teams of no more than five individuals, who are (i) citizens or permanent residents of the United States and (ii) of the legal age of majority, at the time of entry, to form valid contracts in their respective jurisdiction of legal residence.

Link: https://www.sdohinnovation.com/

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