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$100,000 Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health

The Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health

Submissions Closed for the 2017 Hearst Health Prize

The current Hearst Health Prize  competition is closed 
Submissions are no longer being accepted

We invite you to return to this site for regular updates.

  • Finalists will be announced in January 2017
  • Winner will be announced on March 28, 2017 at the
    Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia
  • The next cycle will open for submissions in Spring 2017

Population health is essential to transforming from an illness-centered healthcare system to one focused on protecting and improving health. We created this prize to help identify and promote promising ideas in the field that help to improve health outcomes, and thus proliferate best practices more rapidly. Our goal is to discover, support and showcase the work of an individual, group, organization or institution that has successfully implemented a population health program or intervention that has made a measurable difference.

The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving population health. This is not a grant program.

In its most fundamental sense, population health seeks to improve or manage the health of a specific population. It is a systematic, holistic approach that aims to prevent disease by keeping people healthy and improving the quality of care. Population health programs and interventions work to:

  • Connect prevention, wellness and behavioral health with traditional health care delivery
  • Focus on improving the quality and safety of care, improving access to healthcare services and helping to prevent/manage chronic diseases in the service of a specific population
  • Advance policies and solutions to address socio-economic and cultural factors (social determinants of health) that have an impact on health outcomes
  • Leverage technology and information systems to design social and community interventions and new models of health care delivery that facilitate care coordination and access


Population health interventions strive to improve the health outcomes of a specific population, such as an employee group, a physician’s practice, a hospital’s primary geographic service area, a set of individuals with a particular clinical condition, a community or a distinct group (like preschoolers or the elderly) within it. Successful programs demonstrate proven outcomes in managing or improving the health of a population through pioneering efforts that may incorporate enhancements in technology, care delivery, processes, care guidance and more. Examples may include:

  • A program that improved transitions of care for an elderly, disabled population
  • A technology, tool, or system that improved patient safety
  • Care guidance or clinical decision support tools that improve the quality of care delivered
  • An educational program that increased medication compliance for a specific population
  • A design initiative for a built environment that increased physical activity
  • A model that improved efficiencies and quality of follow-up care
  • A community stakeholder collaborative model that decreased visits to the ER for homeless populations

The results of successful programs are measured in terms of actual improvements in health and health behaviors, not just financial measures or measures of participation.


The competition is open to individuals, groups of individuals, organizations, or institutions, but none of the following are eligible to submit an entry: Jefferson College of Population Health; Hearst; their respective affiliates; the employees of any of the foregoing; Hearst Health Prize Judges; any person who has served as a judge for the competition in the previous competition year; the family members of any of the foregoing; or any entity in which any of the foregoing has a financial relationship.

The population health program, project or initiative submitted for consideration must be active or recently completed (not proposed or in the planning phase) and include outcomes or preliminary findings. The Hearst Health Prize is not a grant program.


Applications will be accepted through August 26, 2016 at 11:59PM (ET).


Applications will be vetted and scored by faculty at the Jefferson College of Population Health. Up to 10 of the top scoring submissions will be reviewed by a distinguished Panel of Judges comprised of noteworthy and respected leaders in health care. Review of the submissions will be conducted using the structured evaluation criteria outlined below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Hearst Health Prize competition is not a grant program to support a prospective initiative; only submissions that describe an implemented project with outcomes will be considered.


The judges will consider the following criteria when evaluating submissions. The percentage of weight each criterion carries toward the overall score is indicated in parentheses:

  1. Population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement (30%) – improvement in health outcomes or health behaviors for the target population that is measurable with quantitative and/or qualitative data that show a change, impact or result. The data should capture or illustrate measurable improvement or change in health of the defined population as a result of the intervention; could also include changes in: policy; individual behavior, knowledge or attitudes; institutional practices or processes; and reduction or elimination of barriers to care
  2. Use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care provided (25%) – particularly through the use of clinical decision support or care guidance (i.e., the project, initiative, tool or intervention is based on or encourages adoption of best practices based on available evidence and is available to team members within their regular processes)
  3. Promotion of communication, collaboration and engagement (15%) – the establishment or reinforcement of connections among different stakeholder groups (multiple care providers, patients, community agencies, etc.) that enables effective exchange of clinical information, patient involvement in decision making, and/or smooth transitions from one care venue to another care venue or to the community
  4. Scalability and sustainability (15%) – indicators or measures that document the ability of the model/program/tool to be adapted or “scaled up” for use by a larger group or population or by similar populations in other geographic settings or communities, and demonstrate its financial viability independent of grant funding or external financial support
  5. Innovation (15%) – incorporating the use of a novel approach, technology, tool, intervention or collaboration

Any submissions that do not primarily focus on a United States–based population will not be considered in the Competition.


Applicants will be notified of their status by January 31, 2017. Finalists will be invited to present at a special poster session on March 27, 2017 at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia. The winner of the prize will be announced during the morning plenary session of the Population Health Colloquium, on March 28, 2017.


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Before submitting your application, be sure to:

  • Provide complete contact information on the application
  • Answer all questions in Sections I-III; incomplete submissions will not be considered.
    Note: There is a 250-word limit for each item in Sections I-III 
  • Clearly explain your project in Section I (it must include the following components: description, problem addressed, intervention used, and project goals)
  • Refer to any exhbits within the relevant question on your application
  • Label all exhibits (i.e. Exhibit A, and Title)
  • Submit no more than 11 exhibits in total (up to 8 charts/graphs/illustrations and 3 reports/articles).  Applications that exceed the specified limit will be rejected.
  • Submit your application by email no later than 11:59 PM ET, August 26, 2016.  
    Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email.