Health & Wellness

Hillman Foundation Seeks Innovators for Public Health Solutions

The Henry R. Hillman Foundation is offering a 1.5 million dollar prize to the winner of the Healthy Allegheny Challenge.

In an effort to bring about real, substantive change to the health of local communities in Allegheny County, PA, the Hillman Foundation has announced a contest to welcome new approaches to public health in the region. The winner of the contest will receive a 1.5 million dollar grant to be used to implement their proposal over the course of 2-3 years.

Judges will be looking for proposals that will help underserved communities by focusing on one of five major areas in need of improvement:

  1. Access to care
  2. Chronic Disease Health Risk Behaviors
  3. Environment
  4. Maternal and Child Health
  5. Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

You can find a detailed explanation of each category in the Plan For a Healthier Allegheny 2017 report.

Hillman Family Foundations President David Roger is hopeful that the contest will bring a wide range of ideas and possibilities to the county's most challenging public health issues.

"We're open to any type of unconventional approach," said Roger. "We really think this is a chance to try something new."

While each participant is required to have an official non-profit partner, Roger is encouraging community organizations, volunteer groups, school districts and other local agencies to join the challenge and collaborate on new solutions.

Applicants must register for the challenge by Thursday, October 17, 2019 by 5:00 pm. The winner of the challenge will be announced in February 2020.

You can learn more about the challenge and find out how to register here .

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