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Challenge Competitions

The America COMPETES Act allows us to use cash prizes as a type of award to spur innovations and create solutions for better health.  Challenges engage new solvers and bring new thinking to address critical issues facing the maternal and child population.  

Through challenge competitions, we support developing ideas, new technologies, products, and services to improve the health of the communities we serve.  

Our Past Challenge Competitions 

Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge: Innovations in Pediatric Primary Care to Improve Child Health

This competition invited applicants to propose and implement new approaches that will increase access to and use of well-child visits and/or immunizations services within primary care settings.

MCHB Grand Challenges

This was a series of four competitions concluding in 2020-2021, which supported innovations that addressed critical issues such as childhood obesity, remote pregnancy monitoring, care coordination for children with special health care needs, and opioid use disorder. 

The Bridging the Word Gap Challenge concluded in 2017. It addressed disparities in promoting the early language environment. 

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