Healthy Public Challenge


Solutions submitted to the Challenge will be judged by a panel of Health Experts and Civic Hall Labs on the following criteria:

Target Areas

Solutions to the Healthy Public Challenge shall be broad in scope, diverse in the application of new or existing tech, and innovative in approach. Applicants should speak to how their civic innovation aligns with one or more of these categories:

  1. CIVIC COHESION - increase communal interactions, community discourse, and engagement within and across groups;
  2. CIVIC AGENCY - support underrepresented groups to participate in governing our public at the local, state, and/or national levels, improve decision-making through data equity, open sourced tools, or access to information;
  3. PUBLIC ASSETS - protect and increase access to public goods and social safety nets.

Workplan + Budget

Applications should be able to clearly explain through a work plan and budget the connection between your civic innovation and the systemic threat to the well-being of our public, as defined by the three categories in the Challenge. Please include details about what you will achieve with a microgrant of $10,000 and how working with our Experts in Residence over six months will help you achieve this.

Download a sample work plan and budget here.


Applicants will need to show how your experience or skills are relevant to your solution. You do not need to be a technologist to apply. Applications submitted by teams, rather than individuals alone, are strongly encouraged.

Target Audience

Applications should describe the community that will use your civic innovation and describe why the solution is relevant in that context.

Systems Approach

Applicants should illustrate how the solution proposed is a systems intervention. From nutrition to vaccinations, conventional health interventions tackle problems on an individual level or apply individual level approaches to a community location, calling it a systems approach. However, we define a systems approach as one that enhances broad social processes and structures throughout the community in three categories: cohesion, agency, and assets. We accept applications that diagnose determinants of poor health at a systemic level through developing civic innovations that respond to deep problems threatening the health of our public. Some examples of system interventions include:

  • Enhancing support networks between groups that face similar economic challenges;
  • Connecting neighborhoods across social divisions;
  • Creating community structures that link underserved community members with social, economic, or health resources;
  • Enhancing processes that encourage participation in public life;
  • Helping groups identify resources they can marshal for solutions they deem necessary;
  • Enabling better access to information and data which enhance community decision-making.


Ability to participate in monthly office hours in NYC at Civic Hall in person with our Experts in Residence.

All submissions are due by 11:59PM ET on September 16, 2016.