We need your help promoting ACL’s Social Care Referrals Challenge to create and modernize health IT solutions to foster connections between health care systems and community-based organizations that provide social care for older adults and people with disabilities.
We ask you to spread the word about a technology development opportunity with cash prizes totaling $500,000. Specifically, we need help reaching health IT developers, health insurers, and large healthcare providers who may want to partner with community-based organizations to participate in this Challenge.
This toolkit contains materials and messaging that you can use to promote the Social Care Referrals Challenge. The toolkit includes an email template, Facebook and Twitter posts, recommended hashtags, and graphics for promotions. Feel free to customize your messages and send them to your contacts. The deadline to register and submit for Phase 1 of this Challenge is December 14, 2020.
Contact ACL at SocialCareChallenge@acl.hhs.gov with questions.
Press releases and announcements:
- March 4, 2020: ACL Launches Health IT Prize
- Email Template
Subject/Title: Apply for the Social Care Referrals Challenge to modernize health IT platforms for connecting healthcare systems with social care services
Social care services delivered in homes and communities prevent falls, address food insecurity, provide transportation for health appointments, manage chronic diseases, and address many non-medical risk factors. Addressing these social needs has been shown to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare.
Community-based organizations have been a long-trusted resource for meeting these kinds of needs and delivering services. They have unmatched expertise in addressing local needs, service coordination and delivery, and supporting the independence and well-being of older adults and people with disabilities. Partnerships with community-based social services organizations have proven to be an effective way for healthcare organizations to address social determinants of health.
Partnerships between healthcare organizations and community-based organizations are growing in both number and importance, along with the need for interoperable IT infrastructure. The Administration for Community Living at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a Challenge competition that will award up to $500,000 in prizes for developing or optimizing interoperable and scalable technology platforms for healthcare organizations and community-based organizations to share data securely. This Challenge includes developing prototypes and implementing technical solutions that track referral patterns, gaps in service, and outcomes. Submissions are expected from a team of stakeholders with strong preference given to teams that include state leaders across aging, disability, and Medicaid programs; community-based organizations in the aging and disability networks; health IT developers; healthcare providers; health plans; and others with expertise in technical standards, interoperability, and data analysis. The Challenge will run in three phases, with cash prizes awarded in each, totaling $500,000.
The deadline for Phase 1 registration and concept & design submission is December 14, 2020.
To view the Challenge submission requirements, judging criteria, competition rules, and to submit a proposal, visit acl.gov/socialcarereferrals.
If you have questions or want to learn more, please email SocialCareChallenge@acl.hhs.gov.
- Sample Facebook Post
Facebook: Please tag ACLGov https://www.facebook.com/aclgov/
The Administration for Community Living announced the Social Care Referrals Challenge – and opportunity to create and modernize health IT platforms to foster connections between health care systems and social care services. A total of $500,000 in cash prizes will be awarded across three phases for teams that develop interoperable and scalable technology platforms for healthcare organizations and community-based social services providers to share data, track referrals, and report outcomes.
Register for the Challenge and submit a Phase 1 concept & design proposal by December 14, 2020. Learn more at acl.gov/socialcarereferrals.
- Sample Tweets
Twitter: Please tag @ACLgov https://twitter.com/aclgov
Twitter Template Message 1:
Compete in ACL’s Social Care Referrals Challenge! We seek health IT solutions for connecting health care systems with social care services. The Challenge will award a prize pool of $500K. Submit by 12/14/20. Visit acl.gov/socialcarereferrals.
Twitter Template Message 2:
IT Developers: ACL offers $500,000 in prize money for developing health IT solutions for social care referrals. Submit by 12/14/20. Visit acl.gov/socialcarereferrals.
- Recommended Hashtags
- Websites to Share
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