Priority Health Innovation Challenge

In Canadian healthcare, there is no shortage of innovation and creativity focused on achieving lasting improvement in patient experience, health outcomes, work life of providers and value-for-money. Our challenge is to spread proven innovations in shared priority areas1 further across the country. The first step to achieve this is to identify promising innovations and innovators.

Working with supporting healthcare organizations, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ran the Priority Health Innovation Challenge to identify and grow promising innovations in two shared priorities: access to mental health and addictions services, and home and community care.

Thirty-three teams participated in the Priority Health Innovation Challenge with new or existing innovation projects addressing one of the two priority areas that respond to the healthcare needs of people living in Canada. CFHI supported these innovators to increase the potential impact of their innovations opportunities to receive financial awards to support long-term success, learning opportunities and resources.

The Priority Health Innovation Challenge ran from April 2019 until November 2020. To stay up to date on new CFHI opportunities, subscribe to receive our newsletter.

Congratulations to Overall Challenge Award Winners

As part of the Priority Health Innovation Challenge, CFHI ran a series of challenges. The final challenge asked teams to demonstrate overall how they contributed to improving access to care in mental health and addictions and home and community care.

$60,000 Overall Challenge Winner

$30,000 Runner Up Winners 

$10,000 Booster Award Winners

 

How the Priority Health Innovation Challenge contributed to better healthcare in Canada

The Priority Health Innovation Challenge aimed to benefit more people by identifying and supporting novel approaches that increase access to care. Teams participated with innovation projects addressing at least one of the following common indicator(s) related to the relevant shared priority area.

Mental Health and Addictions Common Indicators

  • Wait times for community mental health services
  • Early intervention for youth aged 10 to 25
  • Awareness and/or successful navigation of mental health and addiction services
  • Rates of repeat emergency department and/or urgent care centre visits for a mental health or addiction issue.
  • Hospitalization rates for problematic substance use
  • Rates of self-injury, including suicide

Home and Community Care Health Common Indicators

  • Wait times for home care services, referral to services
  • Alternative level of care, length of stay for inpatients requiring home care services
  • Home care services helped the patient stay at home
  • Caregiver distress
  • Inappropriate move to long-term care
  • Death at home/not in hospital

Priority Health teams submit baseline and ongoing outcome data that reflect the relevant common indicators and the number of patients reached. This data contributes to developing an understanding of innovations that have potential for spread and scale.

Webinars

As part of the Priority Health Innovation Challenge, we hosted a series of webinars with healthcare improvement experts including experts in mental health and addictions services, and home and community care. 

Previous webinars 

Recordings of past webinars are available, including:

Supporting Organizations

The Priority Health Innovation Challenge is supported by the following leading healthcare organizations from across the country.

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1 Government of Canada. (2018). A Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/transparency/health-agreements/principles-shared-health-priorities.html 

2 Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2018). A Canadian first: CIHI to measure access to mental health and addictions services and to home and community care. Retrieved from https://www.cihi.ca/en/a-canadian-first-cihi-to-measure-access-to-mental-health-and-addictions-services-and-to-home-and