Congratulations to Our
Phase 1 Winners!

HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has selected 10 winners from Phase 1 of the Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities Challenge. Each Phase 1 winner was awarded a $10,000 cash prize and will move on to Phase 2 to develop their prototype and begin small-scale testing through July 2019. Using different approaches and technology platforms, winning designs aim to empower low-income families to achieve healthy lifestyles and improve the health of communities across the U.S. Phase 1 winners will be collaborating with different populations, including breastfeeding mothers, children ages birth to 19, Latino, American Indian and Alaska Native families, and families with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Challenge entrants included academics, health professionals, startups, community groups, faith-based organizations, and individuals.  The list below is ordered alphabetically by winner's name/entity.


Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Preserving Alaska Native Traditional Food Practices and Increasing Food Security Through Technology

Alliance Chicago

Alliance Chicago: The Mothers Accessing Telehealth Consultations at Home (MATCH) for Breastfeeding Project

American Heart Association

American Heart Association, Dallas, TX: Omni-Channel Technology Approach for a Generation (OCTAGEN) of Healthy Early Children

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Sugar, you got this!"

Geisinger Health Foundation

Geisinger Health Foundation: Pediatricians Prescribing Play


Henry Ford Health System: 5-2-1-0- Go! App


Temple University: Developing an mHealth Intervention to Engage Low-Income Mothers in an Obesity Prevention Program

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas: Mobile-Web Version of HealthyNOW

University of California San Francisco

University of California, San Francisco: Development and Testing of an mHealth Intervention Among Low-Income Latino Toddlers and Preschoolers


University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Designing and Testing a Community Context-Driven Evidence-Based Virtual Avatar Coaching Approach to Improve Access to Health Promotion Programs for Low-Income Children and Families