The Health Factor – Using the County Health Rankings to Make Smart Decisions

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Prizes

  • First Place: $2,500
First Place

Acsys Health

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Team Members

Gleb Popov

Finding information is as easy as pointing your phone's camera at a house. The user will instantly get relevant information about the house, plus available county health rankings. The user can drill down in the health ranking data to find more granular information. The application runs on Layar - one of the most popular Augmented Reality browsers.

Background

Using the recently released County Health Rankings, develop a tool to help people factor community health information into decision-making processes.

The Rankings, for the first time, provide people with a snapshot of a community’s health. This information will help consumers, businesses, investors, government officials, community leaders, social service providers and others make important decisions such as:

  • how to best target resources, services and philanthropic support.
  • how to manage particularly tough budget times.
  • where to locate a business or make an investment, or even where to live.

Currently, when families are moving to a new area, they inquire about the quality of the school system and look at data on average student achievement scores or teacher-student ratios. When businesses are seeking to identify a new location, they assess community characteristics, transportation patterns and the quality of the workforce. How can people, when making these important decisions, factor in the health of a community?

The County Health Rankings are intended to motivate communities to become healthier places for people to live, learn, work and play. To date, we’ve seen communities use the Rankings to bring new partners to the table, to initiate community needs assessments and to raise awareness about health and prevention with the public and policymakers.

In February 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the inaugural County Health Rankings, the first project to rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. The Rankings provide county-level data on both health outcomes (measures of length and quality of life) and health factors (measures of factors that influence health, such as individual behaviors, social and economic factors and quality of clinical care).

Description

In this challenge, we are looking for innovative approaches that bring the County Health Rankings to the places where people go to get information and data to inform their decisions – decisions that would be better informed by considering a community’s health status.

We invite teams to approach this challenge by creating whatever tools necessary-- widgets, apps or other novel approaches to integrate the Rankings data into smart phone, tablet or web platforms that people already use to inform their decisions. Teams can create a new tool or use an existing one and the tool can target one or multiple decision-makers as long as the final product integrates the Rankings data.

Review Panel

    • Staff from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Team and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute will serve on the judging panel.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The “tool” appropriately integrates the County Health Rankings into its functionality.
  • The “tool” successfully helps people and communities use the County Health Rankings to inform real-world decisions.
  • The “tool” is user-friendly and visually engaging.
  • The “tool” is launch-ready and could potentially be promoted with the next release of the County Health Rankings in spring 2011.

Participating Teams

Agenus
Healthy Linn Care Network
CountyHealthSMS
Together We Breathe
Central Mississippi Childbirth Doula Services, Inc.
BluePond Wellness
Warm Fuzzies
Health Care Heart Beat
Acsys Healthcare

Terms & Conditions

The following terms and conditions govern the Health Factor Developer Challenge (the “Challenge”) sponsored by the Public Health Team of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the "Sponsor").

SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY IN THE CHALLENGE CONSTITUTES FULL AND UNCONDITIONAL AGREEMENT TO AND ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. THE CHALLENGE IS VOID WHERE OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

1. ELIGIBILITY.

Entrants in the Challenge (each, an “Entrant”) must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • The Challenge is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) states of the United States and the District of Columbia and entities organized under the laws of the fifty (50) states of the United States and the District of Columbia;
  • Entrants who are individuals must be at least eighteen (18) years of age as of the time of entry; and
  • Affiliated Persons (as defined below) are ineligible to participate in the Challenge.

As used herein, the term "Affiliated Persons" means (a) the trustees, directors, officers, shareholders, members, employees, contractors, agents, representatives and affiliates of the Sponsor and any entity associated with the funding, administration or processing of the Challenge and (b) the members of the Immediate Family (as defined below) of any of the persons identified in clause (a). The term "Immediate Family" includes a person's spouse/domestic partner and the parents, siblings, children and grandchildren of the person and his or her spouse/domestic partner.

2. ENTRIES.

By submitting an entry in the Challenge, each Entrant:

(a.) represents and warrants that (i) the Entrant is the sole author and creator of the Materials (as defined below), (ii) the Entrant has not previously assigned its intellectual property rights in the Materials (or any portion thereof) to any other person, (iii) the Materials do not violate any applicable law, and (iv) the Materials do not infringe or violate any intellectual property right held by any third person;

(b.) acknowledges and agrees that (i) any ideas, procedures, processes, systems, methods of operation, concepts, principles or discoveries described or otherwise set forth in the Materials (collectively, “Non-Protectable Material”) are not subject to intellectual property protection, including, but not limited to, protection under the Copyright Law of the United States (title 17 of the United States Code) and (ii) none of the Sponsor or any of the Affiliated Persons shall have any obligation to ensure that such Non-Protectable Material is treated as confidential or proprietary; and

(c.) gives the Sponsor permission to use the Entrant's name, logo, likeliness and image for purposes relating to the Challenge.

As used herein, the term “Materials” means the applications, materials, images, ideas, writings, look and feel and other property, whether or not copyrightable, submitted as an entry in the Challenge, whether alone or in conjunction with any other person or entity.

The decision of the judges and all decisions with regard to the selection and disqualification of entries shall be final and binding in all respects.

3. LICENSE.

Entrants grant the Sponsor a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, copy for use, perform publicly, and display publicly, the Materials for a period of one year after the public announcement of the winners of the Challenge.

4. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.

ENTRANTS AGREE THAT THE SPONSOR AND THE AFFILIATED PERSONS SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OT LOSSES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR RESULTING FROM ENTRY AND PARTICIPATION IN THIS CHALLENGE, ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF A PRIZE OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATED TO THIS CHALLENGE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS BASED ON PROPERTY DAMAGE, VIOLATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DEATH, PUBLICITY RIGHTS, TAXES OR OTHER DUTIES, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL CLAIMS.