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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"DOCTOR ON THE SIDE"

ON “NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR” ONE OF THE CONTESTANTS HAD THE CONCEPT FOR HER SHOW OF SHOWCASING VEGETABLES, WITHOUT BEING VEGETARIAN. SHE CALLED IT “MEAT ON THE SIDE”. THE IDEA WAS NOT TO ELIMINATE MEAT, BUT RATHER SHIFT THE EMPHASIS IN MENU PLANNING, WITH VEGETABLES (AND GRAINS) AS THE STAR OF THE PLATE, NOT RELEGATING THEM TO 2ND PLACE TO THE MEAT. MAY I PROPOSE A SIMILAR APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE AND HEALTH MAINTENANCE? ...more »

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Using System Dynamics Modeling to Enhance Personalized Shared Decision Making

A reflexive first question after a new diagnosis is about prognosis. In this era of personalized medicine, a predicted individualized disease course is within grasp. However, a clear gap exists in how to translate complex statistical outputs to patients and their families in a meaningful way. The technique of System Dynamics Analysis, used predominantly in the fields of engineering and economics, can help bridge this ...more »

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ExchangeMeds allows hospitals the capability to acquire urgently needed medications in real time.

Drug shortages represent a pressing public health problem and expiring drugs cost the industry >$3 billion each year. Today >200 life saving drugs are in short supply and at least 40 deaths since 2010 have been blamed on these shortages. Expired pharmaceuticals are polluting our ecosystem. We are dedicated to easing the drug shortage crisis in order to deliver best medical practices for patients and healthcare professionals. ...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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Developing excellence in delivery of care through a family caregiver centered approach

Family caregivers play an invisible, essential, and critical role in providing care for their loved ones in the home. The health of family caregivers frequently takes a back seat to providing care to the family member. Determining how family caregivers perceive their health is an initial step in developing family caregiver centered care; a strategy to maintain and improve the health of family caregivers to augment the ...more »

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Transforming Mental Health Treatments: Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

Medicines and psychotherapies for treating mental illnesses have proven ineffective for many. A transformative idea is the therapeutic potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Recent studies have shown potential benefit from psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in treating end-of-life anxiety, addiction to opiates and alcohol, OCD, and PTSD. This approach could provide healing for the millions who suffer from these ...more »

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Charlotte County Hepatitis C Clinic

Hepatitis C, literally an "inflammation of the liver", is the most prevalent blood borne viral disease in the United States and the deadliest. Charlotte County had one of the highest incidence case report rates of chronic hepatitis C in the state in 2012 (117.12 per 100,000 compared to state total rate of 96.59 per 100,000 people). In January 2012, with start up funds from a Low Income Pool grant in the amount of $220,000, ...more »

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Health as an economic choice.

Our health care system must shift paradigms from an institution taking care of us to health as an economic CHOICE that individuals, businesses, governments and entire societies consciously make. We inherently want to be healthy- this concept is expressed in physiology as homeostasis. Health gives us individual and societal strength to pursue our wants and needs. Health as an economic CHOICE shifts society to value ...more »

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Worldwide Transparent Medical Costs

Create a worldwide ‘price list’ of current medical procedures, treatments, hospitalizations, and providers, along with a ‘reference list’ of appropriate costs, based on research. This would be accessible to anyone through the internet. Every healthcare organization, clinic, hospital, and provider in the U.S. would need to register and submit their costs, and all other countries worldwide would be invited to participate. ...more »

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The Community Healthcare Center, the Electronic Healthcare Record, and the Nurse Practitioner

The community healthcare center requires that the participant must have an income for healthcare services. That income or coverage can be through Medicare, Medicaid, insurance from a place of employment, or income from a job without having insurance and then paying for care on a sliding scale fee. People need to work for healthcare benefits whenever possible. If they do not work, they may have no concern for waste ...more »

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Adopt a Preventive Care Model for Medicare that Partners with the Private Sector

Forward-thinking companies give employees check ups, provide strategies to stay healthy, then offer discounts on insurance for following the advice. The federal government--the biggest customer--needs this strategy to reduce medical expenditures more than the private sector. But it makes no sense to duplicate what the private sector is already adopting. So Medicare should encourage the private disease prevention ...more »

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Radical Roots Yoga (RRY): Transforming the mental, emotional, and physical health of urban youth.

As services are stripped from students in a financially-depleted school district, an out-of-school time (OST) program that integrates yoga instruction, nutrition literacy, and therapeutic counseling combats the stressors that create casualties among youth rather than graduates. Placing teams of a certified yoga instructor, nutritionist, and social worker throughout the district to stretch, feed, and listen to struggling ...more »

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