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Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Improving Access to Care

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and International Nurses and
Nursing Students to Improve Medical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Johnson & Johnson American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) and Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN)

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Grants and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International nurses and nursing students for proposals to improve access to medical care during and after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eligible projects include nurse-led technologies, devices, solutions, treatment approaches, and protocols. Areas of interest include consumer product, health technologies, medical device, and screening tools.

Nurses and nursing students worldwide are invited to bring their experiences, ideas and insights to help create nurse-led solutions, protocols, technologies, devices and/or treatment approaches that can help improve access to care amid the current pandemic environment and beyond, including but not limited to the below focus areas.

  • Vaccine Education and Delivery
    • Vaccines are a critical component in our fight against COVID-19. As governments and communities begin vaccine roll-out, there are concerns and logistical questions as to how the vaccine can reach the masses to achieve herd immunity. How can we improve vaccine acceptance and efforts in education and delivery to help alleviate the impact of COVID-19?
  • Medical Deserts
    • In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that 30 million people live in a medical desert, or a region with inadequate access to healthcare[1]. This limited access to medical services increases mortality rates and exacerbates long-term health problems. How can we help improve access to medical, behavioral, mental, dental, and/or pharmaceutical healthcare services in communities where such resources and services are extremely limited or altogether unavailable?
  • New Models and Settings for Care
    • Even before COVID-19, healthcare teams and health organizations were innovating new ways to provide care, such as implementing virtual care models for patients and nurse-led teams at community clinics. How can we further strengthen care model innovation and improve the quality, efficiency and sustainability of these non-traditional models and settings of care to help reduce burdens on hospitals and improve patient outcomes?
  • Health Equity, Racial Disparities & Inclusion
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the racial and social injustices and inequities that have plagued society and communities of color, with leading health associations, including the American Nurses Association, declaring racism an urgent public health crisis. As the past year has spotlighted how injustices related to race, sexual orientation and gender identity are connected to public health outcomes, how can we address the systemic disparities and inequities rooted in many areas of healthcare and provide better quality, sustainable and equitable access to care systems.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196962

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Up to $100,000 in grant funding
- Mentoring from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
- Access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS ecosystem

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nurses and nursing students worldwide are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

- May 12, 2021: Applications Open
- August 6, 2021: Application Deadline
- Fall 2021: Award Announcement

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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