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Call for Submissions Open for the 2018 $100,000 Hearst Health Prize in Partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health


Winner to receive $100,000 award and up to two finalists to receive $25,000 each for programs that improve health

NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA, May 2, 2017—Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, today announced the call for submissions is open for the 2018 Hearst Health Prize, the annual $100,000 award given in recognition of an

organization’s or individual’s outstanding achievement in managing or improving health. For the first time, up to two finalists will each receive $25,000. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health.

“Every year this competition has surfaced an elite group of finalists who are making a tangible impact with their programs, such that we are compelled to expand the reward for the good work being done,” Dorn said. “We consistently receive a high volume of submissions from diverse organizations across the country, and are eager to honor more programs that are making a measurable difference and showcase their success on a national stage.”

The Hearst Health Prize competition evaluates implemented projects that demonstrate improved health outcomes; it is not a grant program. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2017. Up to three finalists will be named in January 2018, and the winner will be announced on March 20, 2018 at the 18th annual Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia. The winner will be awarded $100,000 and the finalists will each be awarded $25,000. For full details, including eligibility, submission criteria, application, and competition rules, please visit

“We urge individuals and organizations to showcase their good work in population health by sending in submissions and participating in the Hearst Health Prize,” Nash said. “It is absolutely essential to share the initiatives and best practices that are making a positive impact to improve health outcomes across the country.”

Applications will be vetted by faculty at the Jefferson College of Population Health and a distinguished panel of judges. Each submission will be evaluated based on the program’s: 

  • Population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement
  • Use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care
  • Promotion of communication, collaboration and engagement
  • Scalability and sustainability
  • Innovation

Recently, Intermountain Healthcare was awarded the 2017 Hearst Health Prize for its Mental Health Integration program and the two finalists were the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative based at Stanford University. The 2016 winner was Community Care of North Carolina for its statewide transitional care program for Medicaid patients.

Key Dates for the 2018 Hearst Health Prize:

  • July 31, 2017: Closing date for submissions at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT
  • January 2018:  Finalists notified
  • March 19, 2018: Finalists will present at a special poster session at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia
  • March 20, 2018: Winner of the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize will be announced at the Population Health Colloquium

For more information about the Hearst Health Prize, visit