3 Major Partners Unite to Serve Underserved Communities

Health disparities are all tracked through data. However, once we have the data and the health disparity is known, the million dollar question remains, “what is a strategy to reduce these disparities?”

Social entrepreneurship takes the next step to find this strategy. It leverages the existing technology platforms and develops applications to connect people to the services that they need.

The three health care leaders Aetna Foundation, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) are excited to collaborate on a project that specifically addresses the needs of undeveloped communities.

The “Innovating for the Underserved” challenge calls all non-profit and for-profit teams to create a creative business proposal of new products and services that provide access to services and healthcare information to underserved communities.  Proposals can either be completely new or can involve re-designing a pre-existing technology. However, they must engage in user-centered design.

There are 3 areas of concentrations for this challenge:

  • Access to Services
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Connecting Data between Systems

Participants will submit the business plan for their proposed technical solution to one of the above concentrations:

  • Executive summary
  • Issue analysis
  • Solution description
  • Financial model
  • Engagement plan
  • (Optional) Team files

See the website for how to properly compile a proposal.

Each business plan will be highly evaluated based on stakeholder engagement, financial viability as well as ability of solution to solve target issue and potential model replication. The judges are particularly looking for a well-presented solution that includes an effective user-centered design, financial model, formal business plan, and shows commitment to improving underserved communities.

Join fellow social entrepreneurs to invent the best and brightest ideas to advance health care in underserved communities. Many will enter, but only three finalists will be selected. Each finalist will receive $5,000, and  first place can win up to $40,000.

For further details on the submission requirements and evaluation criteria, please read more here. To enter this challenge, apply for Phase 1 and submit your proposal by July 22, 2015.

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