Spelman College Partners with Johnson & Johnson to Find Ideas on Health Inequities in Communities

By: Spelman College

ATLANTA — Spelman College is proud to serve as the academic partner with Johnson & Johnson for their 2023-2024 Health Equity Innovation Challenge (HEIC). The goal of the Challenge, created in 2021, is to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and socioeconomic impact by supporting innovative health equity solutions developed by local entrepreneurs, start-ups, innovators, and community-based organizations.

This year, the Challenge welcomes our local community here in Atlanta, as well as individuals in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Philadelphia. Applications are open now through November 6. The Health Equity Innovation Challenge invites local innovators, entrepreneurs, and community-based organizations to submit their ideas on how to prevent and treat illnesses disproportionately affecting communities of color, enhance equitable access to healthcare, stimulate diversity in science, advocate for more trusted community-based healthcare and promote health equity through community engagement and education.

An independent panel of renowned public health and health equity experts with diverse experience in healthcare delivery, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and academia will review the applications. Spelman President Helene Gayle is the HEIC chairperson and will serve on a panel that includes Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.; Eddie Martinez; Kathryn Finney; Kiera Smalls; and Uché Blackstock, M.D. In addition to the panel of expert judges, select individuals appointed by the Challenge’s academic partner, Spelman College, will review and screen the applications.

For more information on the Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge and the 2023 application, please visit https://www.jnj.com/health-equity-innovation-challenge.

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