Innovation Challenge 2.0

Finalists Announced

“The Innovation Challenge is a great opportunity for us to learn from and connect with our community partners,” said CHHS Secretary Diana Dooley. “I hope these unique innovations can be duplicated in other communities and can help make California the healthiest state in the nation.”

Nearly 100 submissions were received from community, health, and human services advocates, health care and human services providers, community and faith-based organizations, non-profits, civic data enthusiasts and visionary practitioners. The Innovation Conference will showcase the finalists of the Innovation Challenge and will highlight California’s progress in the six goal areas. Read more about the finalists on the Innovation Challenge Showcase page. Additional innovator submissions will also be featured over the coming year. 

Click on the tabs below to see the list of 2017 Innovation Challenge Finalists and Semi-Finalists.

The Wellbeing Project City of Santa Monica

Maternal Mental Health Integration Initiative Maternal Mental Health NOW

The Providence Wellness and Activity Center: Addressing Health Equity in Underserved Communities Providence Health and Services, Southern California

Choose Health LA Moms (CH LA Moms): A Text Message/Online Program to Help New Moms to Lose Weight Los Angeles County Public Health: Reproductive Health

Healthy Development Services: Serving Children with Mild to Moderate Development and Behavior Concerns American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3

Integration of Behavioral Health in LAC+USC Primary Care Adult Clinics LAC+USC Primary Care Adult Clinics

Healthier Housing = Healthier Communities: Prioritizing Housing with Los Angeles County’s Public Health Practice Framework County of Los Angeles – Department of Public Health

Joint Award:

  • Marin City Rocky Graham Parks Prescription Program (Park Rx) Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS), Marin County Parks
  • Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area Institute at the Golden Gate

Exploratorium of Healthcare Careers (EXPLORE HCC) HealthLitNow

SacSOS Lists Available Resources for Homeless and Low Income People SacSOS

Chlamydia Screening Quality Improvement in Primary Care California Department of Public Health: Center for Infectious Diseases

Recovery Based Engagement Support Team (RBEST) San Bernardino County – Department of Behavioral Health


Community Care Settings Pilot (CCSP) Health Plan of San Mateo

Implementation of the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) in the City of South Gate, Los Angeles County California Department of Public Health: Site Assessment Section

Text Messaging – Support for Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services California Department of Public Health: Office of Problem Gambling

New Child Adversity and Resilience Data Topic on California Department of Public Health: California Essentials for Childhood Initiative

Food Literacy Corps Food Literacy Center

How to Make Advance Care Planning Easier University of California, San Francisco

10 Steps to a Healthier You’ Healthy Lifestyle Program (10 Steps) Healthier Kids Foundation of Santa Clara County

Clinic in the Park Goes Mobile Clinic in the Park (fiscal sponsor OneOC)

Waste Not OC Coalition: Ending Hunger in Orange County Waste Not OC Coalition


Innovation Challenge Details

The Innovation Challenge aims to engage, empower, and recognize change makers who seek to positively impact the problems that they care most about and to prove that we can work together to support innovation and improve community health and health care.

We are looking forward to building on this success with Innovation Challenge 2.0. This year we are hoping to encourage even broader participation from many sectors that have critical roles in advancing the health throughout the state. We will accept submissions from external organizations as well as state programs. As a theme for this year, we are also highlighting efforts to address social determinants of health.

Innovate to improve our communities across the state! These innovations will contribute to our shared mission of making California the healthiest state in the nation.

Innovation Challenge Finalists will have the opportunity to:

  • Showcase your innovation with organizations across the health ecosystem
  • Share your innovation at the CHHS Agency Innovation Conference
  • Get your story featured on the Let’s Get Healthy California Website
  • Connect with subject matter experts
  • Discover opportunities to scale and spread your innovation

These criteria will be used to generate a total score for each innovation

All Innovations:

  • Innovative Approach: The extent to which the innovation proposes a creative solution, different from business as usual, and presents an inventive approach or leverages existing ideas in new ways
  • Population Involvement: The extent to which the innovation addresses the needs of the community and/or allowed for the target population to help shape the innovation
  • Equity: The extent to which the innovation contributes to decreased inequities between the best-off and the worst-off groups
  • Data: The extent to which data was effectively used to inform, target, and evaluate the innovation
  • Collaboration: The extent to which the innovation supports and sustains collaborative relationships between entities working together to achieve a common goal
  • Effectiveness: The extent to which the innovation’s results were achieved or show promise of being successful with the intended population
  • Sustainability: The extent to which the innovation has capacity to result in continued benefit to the target population and ongoing utilization beyond the initial implementation

Innovations that are being actively scaled will also be evaluated on adaptation and expansion:

  • Adaption: The extent to which an existing successful idea, program, process, or measure performs when changes are made for a new format or organization or with a different population
  • Expansion: The extent to which a tested program, process, approach, or system can be expanded to provide a new program or service

References for Innovation Challenge 2.0 Landing Page Content:

  1. Rudolph, L., Caplan, J., Ben-Moshe, K., & Dillon, L. (2013). Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments. Washington, DC and Oakland, CA: American Public Health Association and Public Health Institute.
  2. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2014).Social Determinants of Health. website, from:
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (October 2015). Social Determinants of Health: Resources. Centers from Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (October 2015). Social Determinants of Health: Know What Affects Health. Centers from Disease Control and Prevention.
  5. Office of Health Equity. (August 2016). Portrait of Promise: California Statewide Plan to Promote Health Equity and Mental Health Equity. California Department of Public Health.
  6. Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative.( 2015) Applying Social Determinants of Health Indicators to Advance Health Equity: A Guide for Local Health Department Epidemiologists and Public Health Professionals. Oakland, CA.
  7. Artiga, S. and Heiman, H.J., (November 2015). Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity. Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief, from:
  8. Sandro Galea et al., “Estimated Deaths Attributable to Social Factors in the United States” American Journal of Public Health 101, no. 8 (August 2011):1456–1465, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2010.300086, from: