Amgen Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers Announce Patient Empowerment Competition

August 10, 2010

Amgen Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers Announce Patient Empowerment Competition

The Amgen Foundation, a giving vehicle of human therapeutics company Amgen, and Ashoka’s Changemakers have announced the Patients | Choices | Empowerment competition to help answer the question of how patients’ voices can be elevated to improve health outcomes globally.

The competition’s organizers hope to help build a global community of organizations that are working to ensure that patients have an active role in their personal health care and ultimately lead to sustainable solutions that will have a broad social benefit beyond the competition itself. The competition is seeking the submission of solutions and the nomination of projects that empower the patient and provide avenues for informed decisions. Solutions could include new methods of changing the training and interactions of healthcare providers to act in partnership with patients to make the right decisions at the right time; programs that support the emotional and social needs of patients to promote prevention, wellness, and health literacy; or interactive technologies that provide instant information and local resources for patients and their families to understand health conditions and actively participate in healthcare decisions.

Solutions should ideally work for people where they live — regardless of age, status, or education level. The competition seeks model solutions that can be replicated at the widest scale and across various diseases and populations for maximum impact.

The competition is open to anyone (person or organization) anywhere in the globe. To be eligible for an award, projects should indicate growth beyond the stage of idea, concept, or research. At a minimum, entries should be at the demonstration stage and indicate success. While the competition supports new ideas at every stage and encourages their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact, even at small scale.

Entries will be accepted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

The three winners of this competition — the finalist individuals or organizations that receive the most votes online — will each receive a cash prize of $10,000. Early entries, received by August 25, 2010, will be considered eligible to win one early entry prize of $1,000, and will remain eligible to win the competition.

Following the Changemakers competition, selected entries may be invited to submit proposals to the Amgen Foundation for future funding consideration. The Amgen Foundation will consider awarding up to $1 million in grants to support promising innovations in patient empowerment submitted by qualifying nonprofit organizations. In particular, the Amgen Foundation seeks innovations that demonstrate potential to produce significant improvement in health and healthcare around the world and that reflect Amgen’s dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways. To be eligible for future Amgen Foundation funding, organizations must operate in the U.S. or Europe and meet the foundation’s grant guidelines.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for competition guidelines.

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