Ashoka Changemakers and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invite Entries for Innovations for Health Competition

 

Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio have launched a new competition, Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders, to promote healthcare solutions from anywhere in the world that have the potential to be applied in other countries to improve health and healthcare. The competition is intended to help build bridges toward a more accessible, cost-effective, consumer-engaged, and outcome-driven system of health services.

The competition is seeking breakthrough innovations such as those that deploy the full spectrum of healthcare workers and providers, thereby improving the capacity, reach, and quality of healthcare services; use simple low-cost interventions to improve medical, preventive, and dental care; help people find and access the health information, services, and providers they need through new tools and processes; provide high quality and personalized care in non-traditional settings; and find new ways to engage patients in their care, particularly patients with chronic illnesses.

The competition’s organizers seek initiatives that have demonstrated impact, and are particularly interested in those that have the potential to help vulnerable and underserved populations in other countries that are experiencing similar barriers to health.

Three winners selected by a panel of expert judges will each receive $10,000. Entries received by the early deadline of December 12, 2011, will also be eligible to win one of two $500 awards and one of two private consulting sessions with industry experts.

In addition, following the Changemakers competition, selected entries may be invited to submit proposals to RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio for future funding consideration. The foundation will be looking for innovations that show potential to produce significant improvement in health and healthcare in the United States. Only organizations in the United States and its territories are eligible for this post-competition funding opportunity.

Entries are welcome from any country. Entries are accepted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for complete program guidelines and entry procedures.