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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Community-Based Effort to Integrate Care for At-Risk Individuals

The Jackson Health Network, a collaboration between local health providers and the Jackson Health Improvement Organization (HIO) serving 160000 residents of Jackson County, MI, developed a community care model integrating behavioral health, social services and community outreach into the PCMH/neighborhood. The model proactively identifies at-risk individuals and engages them through active care management linked to the ...more »

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The Life Course Game for Adolescents: Teaching Adolescents How They Fit in to the Life Course

The Life Course is an intergenerational chain of biological, behavioral, psychological, social, historical, and environmental factors all contributing to an individual’s health across her/ his lifetime. Adolescence, those vital years between 10 and 20, is a key period in which to address physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health to prevent chronic disease, illness, and even early death. Using what we know from ...more »

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Trade patients – Just like trading stocks in a new Patient Market!!

Every patient is recorded into a new patient trading platform. Patient health risks and insurance payment rewards are their corresponding "patient stock values". Like stock brokers, healthcare providers and others can trade a patients’ or a group of patients’ risks (well-being) among themselves to arrive at a market rate for buying their “patient stocks”. Stock owners get rewarded through their accurate analysis of patients ...more »

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Thank You for Not Smoking!

Nearly 50% of patients with a mental disorder use tobacco, the leading cause of preventable death in this population and a hindrance to treatment outcomes. Tobacco dependence is the most prevalent substance use disorder among adults with a mental disorder, but most do not receive smoking cessation treatment. Paradoxically, some providers view tobacco use as a less harmful alternative to alcohol or other drugs. This underscores ...more »

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CareBank App - Help is on the way

Sandwiched between eldercare and child care? At work and disabled/elderly mom can’t close the window? Grandad needs beloved dog walked while in hospital? Cloning lab broke down? Tap the app to connect to five you trust and five they trust and five they trust.. Third circle out you could have back-up of 125. That’s an instant extended family. Generate directory. Link to Facebook. Options include reliability track record ...more »

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Rights Bring Responsibilities ... Breeding Pride,Care and Comitment

Health is a public good. Health care is not an individual event, but rather a system that impacts each member of society, with each individual user having a role. In this context, we must reposition our understanding of health care as not just a basic right, but as a basic right and responsibility. Health care needs to be valued in a manner akin to our national security. Each citizen has assets, which can help us to solve ...more »

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Game Based Learning in Cancer Survivorship

The 11 million and growing cancer survivors in the U.S., underscores the need to address salient emerging needs of survivors and caregivers through a sustainable care model that proactively anticipates and meets comprehensive lifestyle needs. While survivorship care plans are abundant, virtually none are tested for efficacy, include inter-professional stakeholders and patients in development, or address psychosocial needs ...more »

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10 Things Medical Providers Can Do to Address Violence:

Violence is a critical health issue but its clinical treatment is neglected in medicine. There are biological factors that are amenable to treatment. Exposure to adverse experiences, violence, and other stressors can lead to problematic fear-related responses (panic, rage) and patients with sensitivity to perceived threats and impaired cognitive control can cause injury to self or others. Living with this condition has ...more »

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Extrinsic Reward System to Guide the Quality of Children's Nutritional Choices

Reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity requires cultural change in how kids value food. We propose a method of making the nutritional merits of food irresistible, much as traditional marketing methods did for unhealthy products. Our game, Fitter Critters, won 2nd place in Let's Move's Apps for Healthy Kids (http://is.gd/lrn7fN), and a study by U. Mass Medical found it significantly increased self-efficacy and positive ...more »

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Have ACA "Pay for Performance" Target the Biggest Opportunity: Community Health Needs Assessments

Is the biggest problem with ACA pay for performance that patient behavior skews the results? NO! The biggest opportunity is to TARGET human behavior: Odds are 3-to-1 that once a member of a care population needs treatment that a prevention opportunity was missed. It's a big target with huge potential savings derived from better health--clearly where we need to go with healthcare policy. The ACA contains the target, ...more »

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Measurable Goal Setting as a Solution to Meaningful Care

The best way to improve health and manage costs is to match care with what is important to us. Currently, many decisions made by health care providers are guided by published clinical studies with limited patient populations. The problem: these guidelines are often one size fits all and only make sense for a select portion of the population. The result: People get care based on generic standards or what is covered ...more »

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A Practical Way to Teach Whole Person Care for Everyone, Beginning With Our Self

We all need good care and when we do the small job of taking care of our self the large job of taking care of everyone is possible.But not everyone has the basic knowledge and skills necessary to take good care of his or her self.With this in mind innovative healthcare professionals from around the country teamed up in Cleveland Ohio to create education that teaches universal knowledge and skills to provide good care ...more »

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