Pioneer Pitch Day

Announcing the Finalists

UPDATE: Find out which ideas we selected to advance to Pitch Day out of the 500+ submissions we received, and follow us on Twitter for future updates.

Pioneer Pitch Day is an opportunity for innovators with ideas for transforming health and health care to pitch their ideas – live and in person – to an esteemed group of judges and RWJF program staff.

Pitch Day will take place on October 16 at AppNexus’ headquarters in New York's Flatiron District. Thomas Goetz, RWJF Entrepreneur-in-Residence and former executive editor of Wired, will host this invitation-only event in conjunction with the foundation’s Pioneer portfolio, which is focused on funding transformative innovations in health and health care.

How Does the Process Work?

First, we issued an open call for ideas on this website (submissions closed as of September 6th). We received over 500 submissions, and selected eight of these for continued consideration. Now, the teams behind these ideas will attend Pitch Day in NYC on October 16 to make the case for funding in front of an esteemed panel of judges. (Learn more about the judges.)

Following Pitch Day, one or more of these teams will be invited to have a meeting with Pioneer program staff and will potentially be invited to submit a full proposal for funding.

What Kinds of Ideas is Pioneer Looking For?

We’re not looking for incremental improvements. We’re not looking for apps. We’re looking for original solutions to entrenched problems that could dramatically improve Americans’ lives.

Read about our funding strategy and explore our existing programs and grants. You can also follow our blog, Pioneering Ideas, for information on the work we fund and our teams’ ideas about transforming health and health care.

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HCV Connect: Take it to the Patient

The high prevalence of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in communities of color is particularly worrisome. Advances in therapy have greatly improved treatment outcomes but many people are not benefiting, due to numerous health disparities. Of particular concern are people who are unaware of their infection and not engaged in health care. They typically present when their condition is beyond help, and they worsen the ...more »

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Able: Creating a Culture of Accountable Hospitals through Relevant Patient Reviews

Patients and their families can change the way hospitals do business. Able is a mobile application allowing patients to rate, review and share their hospital experiences. While Yelp, Consumer Reports and Medicare.gov provide hospital reviews, Able will differ from these by providing incentives to consumers to give structured feedback. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that hospitals increase their customer satisfaction ...more »

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Life? : An advanced care planning demonstration pilot

Our test pilot will meet the challenges of developing a systemic approach to integrating advanced care planning and hospice services into a County social services system to address unmet care needs for people who are medically frail or terminally ill. The demonstration pilot represents a collaborative effort between County departments and hospice organizations to coordinate patient care that is patient-centered. The ...more »

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Proactively Empowering Children to Manage Stress and Function Optimally

Imagine a world, where people are given tools as children to help them internally regulate their own nervous system to manage stress and function optimally in schools, homes and then as adults in communities-we would have a healthier, happier population with less stress related illnesses. What if we proactively empowered children before stress affected their health and before increases in common behavioral diagnoses? ...more »

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Quality Improvement for Patients, not just Doctors

Quality improvement (QI) processes have been shown to enhance quality of care by clinicians through ongoing feedback on adherence to protocols, however, patients are not included in the QI process. We propose a collaborative system of care where patients are in a parallel QI process of "planning" through pre-visit online questionnaires identifying goals and beginning motivational interviewing/problem solving counseling ...more »

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Apple Store of Contraception

Apple stores lead the industry in sales per square foot. Their secret? • Approach customers with a warm welcome • Probe politely to understand customer needs • Present a solution to take home today • Listen for & resolve concerns • End with a fond farewell and an invitation to return Apple creates delighted and loyal customers. We want to build the Apple store of contraception: women’s needs will be ...more »

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Pharmacy Home for the Underserved

Medicines are essential in the equation of health. We propose a pharmacy home (PH) for the sickest and costliest patients, indigent or underinsured, the 5% who account for 50% of all health care costs. The PH will: create a pharmacy benefit manager for the underserved, devise an intelligent formulary, provide medication free or at minimal cost, perform medication reconciliation, screen for drug-drug interactions, reduce ...more »

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"Cards Everywhere"

Our mental health care crisis is intertwined with our gun violence crisis. Media discuss mental illness only when advanced mental illness results in a rampage shooting. But IF a family is familiar with early signs, they may seek treatment to help their family member manage the illness. Mental illness is not hard to recognize IF you know what to look for: frequent extreme anger or sadness, difficulty getting along with ...more »

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Health Bonds

Persons renting houses and cars must post a bond, returned if the item is returned after the contract period is in its previous state. This insures that the renter invest to maintain the item in its original state, and take basic precautions to not put the item at risk for harm. Although not entirely responsible for an individual health, private insurers are not required to return people after their contract in at least ...more »

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Innovative Community-School Partnerships Transform the Lives & Health of Vulnerable Children

Innovative school-community partnerships build on current services and transform the lives and health of vulnerable children. Increases in kindergarten children in the Sioux Falls School District with emotional-behavioral problems led the District to reach out to health care providers to form an innovative program that is being replicated in the community, and can be replicated nationally. Head Start / Early Head Start ...more »

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Tissue Replacement Breakthrough

Synthetic implants save and destroy lives. They are a great idea, but they fail when it comes to integrating with the human body. If only there were products that gave the benefits of these synthetics, but were accepted by the body. We could save the legs of diabetics...replace clogged arteries...create new intestines, colons, bile ducts, whatever. The lives of millions of people would be saved, or forever changed, ...more »

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Community Care Connections: Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care to Improve Health Outcomes

AHRQ studies show that the sickest 5% of U.S. patients account for over half of health care costs. Those at highest risk are often tangled in a complex web of issues including poverty, social isolation, depression and multiple medical conditions. These patients’ poor health combined with complicated social situations directly impacts their ability to get and stay well, resulting in frequent and costly ER visits and hospital ...more »

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