About the Challenge: Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities
This Challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of innovative solutions to empower low-income families to achieve healthy eating practices, healthy lifestyles, and sustainable changes within the home environment – within the broader context of their community.
Congratulations to the Phase 1 Winners of MCHB's Grand Challenge: Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities!
This Challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of innovative ideas in childhood obesity prevention and HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce the 10 winners from Phase 1! 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: The Mothers Accessing Telehealth Consultations at Home (MATCH) for Breastfeeding Project
American Heart Association, Dallas, TX: Omni-Channel Technology Approach for a Generation (OCTAGEN) of Healthy Early Children
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Sugar, you got this!"
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: Mobile-Web Version of HealthNOW
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