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Take the 2019 AHA Innovation Challenge to Address Social Determinants of Health

Using New Technology Solutions


CHICAGO — Now in its second year, the 2019 AHA Innovation Challenge seeks new sustainable and scalable solutions using technology to combat the social determinants of health and transform community health. It is open to all American Hospital Association members and their partners. And it begins now.

Top three proposals receive $100,000, $25,000 and $15,000 to help bring the winning ideas to life.

“Today’s hospitals and health systems are dedicated to transforming their communities into healthy living environments where all people can their reach highest potential for health,” said Jay Bhatt, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, American Hospital Association. “Through this year’s Innovation Challenge, our goal is improve living conditions of our most vulnerable populations by pushing the boundaries of today’s and tomorrow’s technologies. It’s just one more way AHA is relentlessly pursuing innovations that advance and enhance the health of all people.”

The 2019 AHA Innovation Challenge is focused on using technology to influence positive cultural change and improve health outcomes, while increasing value and lowering costs. Among the selection criteria, entries must identify a defined target population, validate the need for the idea through data, and fit, improve or complement current approaches of care.

First American Healthcare Finance is the exclusive sponsor of the challenge. As a national provider of leasing and financing solutions in health care, the organization has a long history of helping health care providers perform at their very best. 

“We continue to champion this important AHA initiative by serving as its sole sponsor this year. It is a great way for us to help hospitals and health systems create best-in-class technology solutions with social purpose, quality and integrity,” says Lori Dennis, Senior Vice President, First American Healthcare Finance. “We’re proud to enable forward-thinkers to transform community health so people can live well.”

To learn more about the submission requirements and apply, visit aha.org/innovation-challenge. The deadline to submit applications is May 24, 2019. Award recipients will be announced at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, California, July 25-27, 2019.




Kathy Cummings, (312) 422-2623, kcummings@aha.org

Arika Trim, (202) 626-2319, atrim@aha.org


About the American Hospital Association

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides insight and education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.


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