Michigan Health Equity Challenge

Join us for the Health Equity Challenge

UnitedHealthcare® Community Plan of Michigan is partnering with SciPol-Detroit to launch a Health Equity Challenge. Our goal is to uncover new and innovative approaches that support health equity — reducing disparities while improve physical and behavioral health outcomes. From reducing childhood lead exposures to increasing access to healthy foods — if you have an idea that aims to address disparities based on race, language, culture, gender and/or sexual orientation, we want to hear from you.

How it works

  • Download the application
  • Submit your application via email by Nov. 27 as an individual or group
  • 10 submissions will be selected as Honorable Mention and receive a $2,500 stipend for their proposal
  • An additional 5 submissions will be selected as Finalists and will receive a $5,000 stipend and a mentorship opportunity with UnitedHealthcare to develop a full project proposal
  • 2 finalists will receive an additional $5,000 stipend plus a $50,000 grant to implement their project with a Community Based Organization

Application submissions are due by Nov 27 and should be submitted by email to MIHealthEquityChallenge@uhc.com.


Interventions must be in Michigan.

Interventions must focus on reducing racial and ethnic disparities. Focus on new/innovative approaches to support health equity and reduce differences in physical and mental health based upon race, language, culture, gender and/or sexual orientation.

Utilize public data (CDC, Community Health Assessments, Social vulnerability Index, etc.) to help inform and support the intervention. Please see the list of resources that will be provided with the application.

Intervention Examples:

Give all kids a healthy start:

  • Improve health for mothers and babies.
  • Reduce difference or disparities in health outcomes for mothers and children.
  • Reduce lead exposure for children.
  • Improve the health and well-being of children and families served by the child welfare system.

Serve the whole person:

  • Coordinate different types of health services, including physical health, dental care, mental health services, and long-term care and support services, to make them easier to access and more effective.
  • Provide support for things beyond health services that help people stay healthy, such as nutritious food or safe housing (sometimes called “social determinants of health” or “social drivers of health”).
  • Reduce opioid and drug-related deaths.

Propose how the idea would be sustainable long term (potential policy change, partners in the community, pay for success model, continuation within the Wayne State SciPol Group, etc.).

Articulate how the proposal will utilize the $50,000 with a Community Based Organization.

Health Equity Challenge Timeline


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