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Meet the Awardees of the Health Equity Innovation Challenge
Meet the Awardees of the Health Equity Innovation Challenge

ohnson & Johnson established the Health Equity Innovation Challenge with the ambition to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and socioeconomic impact by accelerating solutions from local entrepreneurs, start-ups and community-based organizations that have the potential to advance health equity. The 14 awardees, who possess lived experience and a deep understanding of the communities they serve, were selected for their work in generating solutions to help close racial health and mortality gaps in six cities where Black and Brown individuals experience significant health inequities: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Philadelphia. Selected from a pool of more than 180 applicants by an independent judging committee, each awardee is receiving seed funding from a pool of more than $1 million, mentorship from experts, and access to the Johnson & Johnson JLABS ecosystem, which includes networking opportunities and more, to advance their innovations.

Meet the Awardees

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Focus Areas

The goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities by promoting health equity, specifically through locally generated3 ideas to identify potential solutions that:
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    Prevent and Treat Illnesses that Disproportionately Affect Black and Hispanic Communities
    Prevent and Treat Illnesses that Disproportionately Affect Black and Hispanic Communities
    Such as advancing innovative solutions aimed at preventing or addressing health conditions through new screening and diagnostic technology platforms
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    Enhance Equitable Access to Healthcare
    Enhance Equitable Access to Healthcare
    Such as technology solutions that help advance health equity and care for diverse individuals
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    Stimulate Diversity in Science
    Stimulate Diversity in Science
    Such as solutions that encourage more young Black and Hispanic individuals to pursue careers in STEM and solutions that expand the diversity of the local clinical research workforce
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    Advocate for More Trusted Community-Based Healthcare
    Advocate for More Trusted Community-Based Healthcare
    Such as promoting culturally competent care or addressing bias in clinical care

Areas of Geographic Focus

The Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge will begin with a focus on Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia.

The Challenge has the opportunity to identify potential solutions that could have a significant impact in these communities and potentially in other communities across the country.
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Meet Our Judges

Johnson & Johnson has convened nationally and locally recognized health equity experts to judge the applications. Judges with diverse experience in public health, healthcare delivery, advocacy, entrepreneurship and academia will ensure innovations are reviewed through a relevant, localized and independent lens. Learn more about our judges.

Academic Partner
Faculty members helped shortlist the approximately 50 top submissions from the six cities in our challenge.

Our Race to Health Equity

Johnson & Johnson is committed to eradicating racial and social injustice as a public health threat by eliminating health inequities for people of color. The company is committing $100 million over the next five years to invest and promote health equity solutions.

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 Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia.

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