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Judges and Evaluation Process
Judges and Evaluation Process

o identify top ideas and awardees for funding and potential mentorship, Johnson & Johnson will work with a variety of external experts from each city/metro area as well as experts with diverse backgrounds and experiences across public health, policy, provider training, diversity in science and care delivery with the aim of ensuring innovations come to life. The expert judging panel will select award recipients based upon the evaluation criteria noted in the application. In addition to reviewing the applications, these third-party individuals will inform the overarching program and how each innovator and their innovation could be best supported by Johnson & Johnson to bring their ideas to life.

Meet Our Judges

Evaluation Partner
Tulane University School of Public Health Institute for Health Equity
Tulane University School of Public Health Institute for Health Equity
Faculty members will help shortlist the approximately 50 top submissions from the six cities in our challenge.

Challenge Timeline

We are taking a multi-phased approach to identify potential solutions that could have a significant impact in communities across the country.

Applications Open

Applications for the Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge are open for Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia. Learn more about our focus areas and selection criteria.

Applications Close

Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia applications must be completed and submitted by Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET to be considered.

Application Shortlisting

Tulane faculty members will help shortlist approximately 50 top submissions from the six cities for further evaluation by the expert judges.

Application Compliance Review

Johnson & Johnson will confirm all submitted applications are complete, adhere to criteria for consideration and do not present any legal or compliance issues for the Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge.

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Expert 3rd-Party Judge Assessment

A panel of independent expert judges representing diverse experience in key fields from across the cities will analyze and select applications to receive funding.

Selection of Awardees

Awardees will be notified and participation confirmed.

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February 2022

We’re looking for ideas and potential solutions that may help resolve the health inequities impacting Black and Hispanic communities. At Johnson & Johnson, we strongly believe we can do better to make care accessible—for everyone.

Race to Health Equity

Johnson & Johnson is committed to eradicating racial and social justice 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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