2020 AHA Innovation Challenge

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Disrupting Behavioral Health Care


It's time to build healthier communities not just for some, but for all.

It's time to use technology to improve not only patient care, but the living conditions that make it possible for all people to reach their highest potential for health.

The 2020 AHA Innovation Challengesponsored by First American Healthcare Finance, is your opportunity to help people with behavioral health disorders live a more balanced, productive life.

It’s a growing crisis that needs our attention now:

  • One in every five American adults are living with a behavioral health disorder. Only half of them receive treatment.

  • Half of millennials and 75% of Gen Zers left their jobs for mental health reasons.

  • The number of people dealing with suicidal thoughts increased 47% from 2008 to 2017.

"Hospitals and health systems are a hotbed for innovative ideas for transforming health care," said Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer in a recent press release. "This year's challenge is an opportunity to combine human compassion with innovative thinking to improve behavioral health care and save lives."

The challenge is open to all AHA members and their partners.The top three proposals will receive $100,000, $25,000 and $15,000, respectively, to help the innovators bring their ideas to life. Submissions are open through May 15, and the winners will be announced at July's AHA Leadership Summit.

Visit the Innovation Challenge webpage for more information.




Press Release: AHA Center for Health Innovation Announces 2019 Innovation Challenge Winners.

Winning concepts offer creative solutions for addressing social determinants of health using technology. Read more.

AHA Advancing Health Podcast: Health care leaders investing in innovation.

On this AHA Advancing Health Podcast, Jay Bhatt, AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, and Jonah Michael, senior vice president of First American Healthcare Finance, discuss why innovation has become a top priority for hospitals and health systems. Listen here.



2019 Innovation Challenge:

The 2019 AHA Innovation Challenge called on hospitals and health systems to develop big ideas, bold solutions and expanded alliances to disrupt community health and eliminate health inequities. Last year's challenge focused on finding new ways to use technology to address social determinants, such as food, housing, transportation and jobs, and connecting people with proper resources that meet community health needs.

      2019 Innovation Challenge Winners

2019 Innovation Challenge Winners Ceremony:  


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