Building Bridges to Better Health: A Primary Health Care Challenge

August 2, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the launch of the Building Bridges to Better Health: A Primary Health Care Challenge, a national competition with a total of $1 million in cash prizes to encourage innovation through technical assistance to health centers.

Challenge Problem Statement

Health center patients experience multiple barriers that may reduce access to health care and increase the risk of poor health outcomes due to environmental factors related to health in the places where they live, learn, work, and play. These environmental factors prevent patients from accessing quality primary health care and make it more difficult to address the non-medical, health-related social needs of patients. This Challenge should address barriers to health and health-related social risk factors, such as barriers to accessing medical, social, housing, educational, or other related services.

“At HHS, we are committed to addressing health disparities and breaking down barriers to care. Earlier this spring we launched our whole-of-government strategy to address social determinants of health, and now we look forward to partnering with innovators across the country to implement the best and brightest ideas to make health care more equitable for all.” – HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra

Submission period: Open until 08/02/22 04:00 PM CDT

Challenge types: Ideas; Software and apps; Creative (multimedia & design); Technology demonstration and hardware

Total cash prizes: $1,000,000

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