Ashoka and The Johnson & Johnson Foundation Scotland are thrilled to announce that we have joined forces with the common goal of surfacing pioneering practices and growing the field of Community Health innovation in Europe!

With this partnership, we are determined to build a system that values wellbeing and prevention as much as it values treatment – acknowledging the vital importance of Community Health in creating a healthier society. By making people within communities healthier, the innovations we support will inevitably improve those communities in other ways, making them more livable, equitable, and cohesive. We intend to build upon the foundation that has already been created and provide a scalable approach for future growth in the sector.  

Together we are committed to identifying and supporting the most promising new models for creating healthy communities. The first step of our partnership will be the launch of the Reimagining Community Health Challenge.  

This challenge looks for pioneers in community health across Europe - system entrepreneurs who are passionate about improving health outcomes within their communities by delivering person-centered solutions. This is the first Europe-wide challenge to find Community Health innovators. Its goal is to identify these innovators, help them grow their impact and build a community that fosters an enabling environment, creating systemic change across Europe. 

Do you have a mature organization, a strong network, and a motivation to join forces with other innovators to bring about bigger change in the field of Community Health? Then this challenge is for you. We are accepting applications from now until February 28th, 2022, so if this sounds like you, apply now! 

Challenge Focuses

The Challenge aims to find actors and innovations that are working to improve health outcomes by delivering person-centered solutions within communities.

We are particularly interested in solutions which:

Make novel health interventions

Improving health outcomes for individuals either through innovative health practices or access to new or expanded services that support different facets of community health and are integrated with primary care.

Improve health equity

Designing solutions that combat health disparities and improve health outcomes for marginalized communities, through improving social and/or environmental determinants.

Strengthen community governance and agency

Laying the groundwork for new processes and structures between communities, health actors, and systems that will enable community decision-making and financing, as well as promoting co-creation and self-advocacy that leads to improved health outcomes for all.

Prizes and Benefits


Among other prizes, all winners (up to 8) will receive a prize award of €50,000 each, along with the opportunity to build the first-of-its kind network of community health innovators in Europe. Winners will also be invited to explore the opportunity of a long-term partnership with the J&J Foundation. They will have the chance to embark on a tailored learning journey with their peers, Ashoka and The Johnson & Johnson Foundation to enhance their scaling strategy, advocacy work, and collective impact on their way to achieve a system change.   

Interested in this challenge?

Apply now on our Challenge Platform!