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Submit an Idea
Submit an Idea

e’re launching the Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge to seek and accelerate innovations with the potential to advance health equity.

The Challenge aims to support potential innovative solutions from local entrepreneurs, innovators and local community-based organizations—beginning with a focus on Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia. We’re looking for locally inspired and generated innovative approaches to potentially improve health across a range of pathways: technology, education and training, enhancing diverse representation in science and public policy and community-based advocacy.

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.

Challenge Eligibility

Submissions are limited to community-based innovators located within the greater metro areas of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia. Submissions on behalf of academic institutions, large corporations and national organizations are not eligible.

Potential solutions must aim to address health conditions that disproportionately impact Black and Hispanic communities, as well as entrenched factors known to drive disparities. To be considered, submissions must meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:
1. Focus on Black and Hispanic Communities
1. Focus on Black and Hispanic Communities
• Propose or demonstrate impact on Black or Hispanic people
• Submissions must come from and be inspired by one of six cities of interest (Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia)
• Have a demonstrable link to health and wellness outcomes
2. Transform or Enhance Culturally Competent Healthcare Delivery
2. Transform or Enhance Culturally Competent Healthcare Delivery
• Propose or demonstrate direct impact on the focus community (Black or Hispanic people in one of the six cities of interest) and have broad impact beyond the applying individual or institution
• Encourage participation or create pathways to achieve greater diversity in science
3. Community-Based Offerings
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3. Community-Based Offerings
• Explicitly involve community participation and drive engagement among targeted Black and Hispanic residents with potential solutions that are tailored specifically for each city’s cultural and community differences
• Headquartered and operating in the community addressed by the application
4. Policy and Advocacy
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4. Policy and Advocacy
• Address a healthcare concern in a manner intended to improve quality of care and trust in healthcare systems through public policy and community-based advocacy initiatives

Evaluation Criteria

A group of external experts from each city with experience in public health, healthcare delivery, advocacy, entrepreneurship and academia will review local innovators’ submissions with the aim of ensuring a relevant, localized and independent assessment. Each community innovator’s application will be evaluated based on the ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Focus on health inequities experienced by Black and Hispanic people
  • Health impact to defined metro area with the potential to expand
  • Feasibility and practicality of solution
  • Implementation plan and timeline
  • Risks and challenges
  • Team quality and capabilities
  • Initial funding request does not exceed $75,000
  • Submissions on behalf of academic institutions, large corporations and national organizations are not eligible
Evaluation Process
To identify top ideas and awardee recipients for funding and potentially mentorship, Johnson & Johnson will work with a variety of experts outside of the company from within the priority communities as well as experts with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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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