The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), last week announced a new Let’s Get Healthy California “Innovation Challenge” to engage and empower people to work together toward improving the health of their communities and the state.
The contest is accepting submissions through September 30, 2015, in the six Let’s Get Healthy California goal areas:
- Healthy beginnings
- Living well
- End of life
- Redesigning the health system
- Creating healthy communities
- Lowering cost of care
Finalists will be selected from each of the six areas – announced in the fall – and will be highlighted at a statewide Innovation Conference in early 2016. Selected submissions will also be featured on the Let’s Get Healthy California website, scheduled for a 2016 launch. Data-focused innovations will additionally be highlighted at the statewide Open Data Fest in spring 2016.
“This Innovation Challenge allows people to think outside of the traditional public health framework to create innovative solutions that support the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower costs,” said Karen Smith, M.D., CDPH director and state health officer. “We hope that these ideas will launch Californians on a path to living healthier lives.”