Health Equity Innovation Challenge
Racial and social injustices and inequities have long plagued society and the health of communities of color across the United States.
Resources and support
A community-based approach to advancing health equity requires investing in the people and organizations that are already working to develop solutions to address the unique needs of their communities. This year, we’re bringing the Challenge to five cities where communities of color face significant health inequities: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Philadelphia. Johnson & Johnson will award up to $75,000 of seed funding to selected applicants. Resources and support also include:
- Mentorship1 from leaders across Johnson & Johnson as well as from external experts
- Visibility through coordinated communications
- Access to Johnson & Johnson Innovation2 – JLABS ecosystem, which provides leading healthcare start-ups with access to educational programming and networking, resources, amplification opportunities, and the chance to connect with therapeutic area experts and investors
The opportunities for change, founded in innovation, are boundless. Our goal is to invest in transformative solutions – one idea, and one community, at a time.
Application process and selection criteria
Focus on health inequities experienced by people of color (see more on Focus Areas)
- Ability to demonstrate need and measurably impact health within one of the defined metro areas
- Potential to expand
- Feasibility and practicality of the solution
- Implementation plan and timeline
- Current success metrics
- Team quality and capabilities
- Initial funding request does not exceed $75,000
Applications will open on October 2, 2023.
Meet the 2021 Awardees
Prevent and treat illnesses that disproportionately affect communities of color
Enhance equitable access to healthcare
Stimulate diversity in science
Advocate for more trusted community-based healthcare
Promote health equity through community engagement and education
Areas of geographic focus
Through the Challenge, Johnson & Johnson aims to highlight how socioeconomic gaps drive the greatest need for healthcare education, access, and care. The Challenge is an opportunity to elevate solutions with the potential to significantly impact cities with the greatest gaps and expand into other communities across the country.
1 Mentorship, including subject-matter assistance, may be provided if requested, and if such assistance does not present any legal or compliance issues for the Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge. Any mentorship will be non-binding on the Award recipient and will in no way be construed as directing the use of Award Funds by the Award recipient.
2 As appropriate by expertise and/or regulatory considerations.
3 Submitters should be located within defined greater metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia.