The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of a nation-wide HHS Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge to support disadvantaged communities and Tribes facing the brunt of environmental injustices, including health harms due to climate change. This Challenge aims to uplift community-level solutions to address health inequities with prizes totaling $1,000,000 that will be awarded in two phases.
The Challenge has two phases. All eligible entries will be evaluated, and separate prizes will be awarded for each of the two phases.
- Phase 1 will focus on design of an innovative concept to enhance community-driven efforts to mitigate health disparities and advance health equity or the development of an effective approach to support a previously developed concept. Entries for Phase 1 will be accepted from September 18, 2023, until January 30, 2024.
- Phase 2 will focus on small-scale testing or implementation of well-developed approaches for community-led efforts to mitigate health disparities and advance health equity. Entries for Phase 2 will begin in Spring 2024.
Participants will have access to a technical assistance opportunity in each phase of the Challenge. HHS will also provide informational webinars leading up to the entry deadline.
Tuesday, October 10th (5pm ET)
Thursday, October 12th (5pm ET) - Tribal Informational Webinar
Tuesday, March 26th (5pm ET)
Wednesday, March 27th (5pm ET - Tribal Informational Webinar
For more details on how to enter, please click here.