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Awardees
Awardees

he 14 Health Equity Innovation Challenge 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.

Awardees in Chicago

CommunityHealth
CommunityHealth
CommunityHealth has piloted hybrid in-person and telehealth-powered microsite clinics in under-resourced neighborhoods to provide free, convenient, comprehensive healthcare to people who otherwise would not have access to quality care. Challenge funds will support the opening of an additional microsite clinic in Chicago’s Little Village, a predominantly Latinx neighborhood with a high population of uninsured individuals.
Allergy & Asthma Network: Not One More Life - Trusted Messenger Program
Allergy & Asthma Network: Not One More Life - Trusted Messenger Program
A program from the Allergy & Asthma Network, Not One More Life – Trusted Messengers Program, sends physicians, nurses and educators to places of worship to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, asthma, and COPD in Black and Latinx communities. To date, the pilot has successfully screened over 1,000 patients, and Challenge funds will be used to expand programming through live events and educational materials.

Awardees in Detroit

BMBFA B'Right Hub
BMBFA B'Right Hub
The Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) is working to combat racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality and, in turn, improving birth and maternal health outcomes for Black families with its innovative digital tool, the BMBFA B’Right Hub. Challenge funds will allow BMBFA to expand the reach and scope of its interactive app and web-based tool with a focus on five overarching categories: breastfeeding, prenatal care, postpartum care, immunizations and well-baby visits.
KARE Mobile
KARE Mobile
Sixty-three million people in the U.S. live in dental deserts. KARE Mobile has piloted one-chair, mobile dentistry vans that expand access to quality oral care for under- and uninsured communities while simultaneously aiming to empower young dentists to pursue cost-effective practice ownership through a franchise business model. Funds will be used to expand these services to Detroit, MI in collaboration with community partners.

Awardees in Los Angeles

Conscious Cultura
Conscious Cultura
Using a deep understanding of lived Latinx experiences and the importance of weaving culture into mental health interventions, Conscious Cultura is developing a digital platform that provides youth, educators and communities with evidence-based programs that aim to advance well-being and equity. Challenge funds will be used to deliver the Conscious Cultura program in-person to youth and educators within the Los Angeles Unified School District as research and development to design technology and create content that meets the needs of the local schools and communities.
TRAP Medicine
TRAP Medicine
By building the capacity of barbershops to function as trustworthy point-of-care venues, TRAP Medicine is providing free, quality onsite healthcare services and education to address health disparities, mental health inequities and other preventable conditions among Black men. Challenge funds will be used to pilot a standalone Barbershop Wellness Hub, where men ages 18-35 can access a range of medical, mental health, and wraparound services. During this period TRAP Medicine will also work to identify pathways to scale this model to other areas throughout the state and country.
SmartAirLA
SmartAirLA
In Los Angeles, Black and Latinx children are more likely to miss a day of school than their White peers due to asthma. SmartAirLA is working to combat asthma-related hospitalizations, illness and air pollution exposure to improve quality of life for communities of color. Challenge funds will support expansion of their digital FightAsthma Tracker at community asthma education programs, and safety-net health clinics and hospitals.

Awardees in New Orleans

Resilience Force
Resilience Force
Resilience Force is a job development and crisis response organization that retrains under- or unemployed New Orleanians from the hospitality industry as community health workers in jobs that support immediate and long-term community recovery. Challenge funds will allow for additional training, health and employment benefits, technology support and the deployment of more community health workers.
Ashé Cultural Center – I Deserve It!
Ashé Cultural Center – I Deserve It!
To address the 15- to 25-year life expectancy gap between White and Black New Orleanians, Ashé Cultural Art Center's I Deserve It! is training artists and culture bearers to serve as community health workers that deliver health messaging, resources and education to residents of neighborhoods with poor health outcomes. Challenge funds will be used to train and hire additional artists and creatives to serve as community health workers.
Formerly Incarcerated Transitions (FIT) Clinic
Formerly Incarcerated Transitions (FIT) Clinic
Led by formerly incarcerated individuals who intimately understand the challenges of transitioning back into society, the Formerly Incarcerated Transitions (FIT) Clinic and Formerly Incarcerated Peer Support Group (FIPS) aim to reduce recidivism and improve health outcomes by providing continuity of care, free health services, and reintegration resources for the formerly incarcerated. Challenge funding will be used to support staff salaries and implement pre-release health systems education.

Awardee in New York

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health launched Beyond the Stigma, a youth-based, peer-to-peer training model to deliver a culturally tailored curriculum that breaks societal and cultural stigmas around mental health and wellness. Challenge funds will support expansion of the organization’s curriculum models to address new and additional topics with youth, such as racial trauma, suicide, masculinity, identity and more.

Awardees in Philadelphia

eCLOSE Institute
eCLOSE Institute
eCLOSE Institute is inspiring diversity in science through STEM education and job training for students from under-resourced schools. Their classroom-based programming brings teachers, scientists and students together to investigate solutions that address the health issues prevalent in their own communities. Challenge funds will allow them to expand research experiences for students at 10 new schools.
Maternity Care Coalition
Maternity Care Coalition
Philadelphia’s pregnancy-related death and infant mortality rates exceed the national average, but Maternity Care Coalition is addressing these inequities, improving birth outcomes, and increasing access to culturally connected and competent perinatal healthcare for Black and Brown families. Since its creation, the Perinatal Community Health Worker Program has trained a diverse network of over 200 perinatal community health workers, and funding will help create an additional training cohort to support even more local families of color.
Viora Health
Viora Health
Technology start-up Viora Health is creating a personalized engagement solution to address social and behavioral determinants for conditions like pre-diabetes, diabetes and obesity, which significantly impact communities of color. Challenge funds will extend solutions to additional conditions, including hypertension, to help combat the barriers that prevent the proper management of health conditions.

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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.
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