How It Works 

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Can you develop a digital solution to help providers and/or patients connect to services Related to SDoH?


Challenge Process 


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Applications Open: April 29th

Phase I Deadline: June 7th

Phase II Deadline: August 9th

Finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge will compete live on stage at the Health 2.0 Conference (held September 16th-18th) in Santa Clara, CA!

Evaluation criteria

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Submission Requirements

  • One line overview of your technology

  • Slide deck (ten slides max) including a description of the technology, its overarching goal, and how it addresses Social Determinants of Health

  • A mock-up or wire-frame of the technology’s design (five pages max)

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: How well does your technology address SDoH?

  • UX/UI: How strong is the design and intuitiveness of your technology?

  • Engagement: How likely is your technology to promote continuous and long-term engagement with end users?

  • Innovation/Creativity: How unique is your technology?  

The challenge is open to innovators and companies at any stage of development.


Submission Requirements

  • A 500-word overview of your technology describing its utility and what makes it more effective than other resources or similar products in the market right now

  • A brief video (three minutes or less) describing your submission and how it would be used e.g. a demo video of the product or a video explaining the concept/design of your solution and what makes it impactful

  • A link to a working application or tool

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: How well does your technology address SDoH?

  • Innovation/Creativity: How unique is your technology?

  • Scalability: What is the solution’s potential for widespread adoption?

  • Strength of Presentation: Overall strength of live pitch presentation


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  • Digital tool that pulls data from non-profit services to assist health systems serve diverse patient populations on an ongoing basis

  • App for consumers that provides alerts, warnings, or health-related advice specific to their community/geographic area (e.g., smog/air quality, heat warnings, weather updates, road congestion)

  • Tools to improve health quality indoors (e.g., homes, offices, schools) by intelligently monitoring and adjusting environmental factors such as lighting and temperature

  • Communication system for clinicians to video record discharge instructions, condition-specific advice, and follow-up information, giving individuals the ability to access and replay them at any time

  • Health-focused language translation resources that allow users to understand care information and communicate with clinicians in their preferred language

  • Technology that harnesses governmental or open source data to create insights for healthcare providers to evaluate SDoH and improve population health