WASHINGTON, D.C.—Advocates for Community Health (ACH) and UnitedHealthcare are announcing a call for applications from community health centers for the Community Health Entrepreneur Challenge. In a second round of funding, two community health centers will receive $100,000 each over one year to invest in innovations in technology and effective patient care. ACH membership is a condition of the award, and the application window runs from June 17, 2024, to July 22, 2024. 

The Community Health Entrepreneur Challenge presents a unique opportunity for federally qualified health center (FQHC) leaders to drive significant change in their communities. The goal of the challenge is not only to improve patient health outcomes, create greater efficiencies, and achieve long-term savings but also to empower health centers to be the catalysts of this change. The first round of funding, launched in April 2023 as a joint multi-year commitment between ACH and UnitedHealthcare Community & State, has already set the stage for this transformative work.

Since its inception, the Community Health Entrepreneur Challenge Fund has awarded $2.5 million dollars to five transformative projects at Columbia Basin Health Association, Lowell Community Health Center, Mariposa Community Health Center, Morris Heights Health Center, and Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation. These projects, born out of the innovative concepts submitted by ACH member health centers, have targeted improved health outcomes, decreased health disparities, promoted system change, and engaged organizations across multiple sectors, including public, private, government, and community groups. 

Grantees will receive national recognition through ACH and UnitedHealthcare platforms. Existing Entrepreneur Challenge grantees are ineligible to apply. 

For more information, please visit https://advocatesforcommunityhealth.org/membership/entrepreneur_challenge_uhc/.


About Advocates for Community Health
Advocates for Community Health (ACH) is a membership organization for federally qualified health centers that strives to advance the delivery of health care to underserved populations and to achieve health equity for patients and communities in need. We are committed to working collaboratively to advance well-defined and forward-thinking policies at the national level. By leveraging the wisdom, agility, and innovation of our members, ACH brings bold leadership to drive change in the American healthcare system. To learn more, visit advocatesforcommunityhealth.org.


About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.6 million physicians and care professionals, and 8,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow UnitedHealthcare on LinkedIn.


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