The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and The MolinaCares Accord present the

Health Equity Challenge

Imagine a better world with improved health for all. Now, let’s create it.

Information about the next Health Equity Challenge coming soon. Check back in October!

Announcing the two winners of the Health Equity Challenge (June 30, 2022)

Meet the 10 Health Equity Challenge finalists

What is the Health Equity Challenge?

An opportunity to create change in our community by developing solutions to California’s most pressing health equity concerns.

Many students are imagining a future where they can change the world, often starting with their local community. For those with a vision of improving health equity, a new competition from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR), conducted in collaboration with MolinaCares, will provide that opportunity in 2022 — the Health Equity Challenge.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shine a light on significant inequities in many aspects of health: insurance coverage and affordability, social determinants of health, and structural barriers to high-quality care. With the signs of inequity more obvious than ever, the increased focus has also spurred ideas from those who are closest to the problems.

Beginning in January 2022, UCLA graduate students were invited to turn their ideas into action and develop innovative community-based solutions to improve health equity in California.

Learn more about the Health Equity Challenge
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Eligibility and Awards

UCLA graduate students are invited to submit a two-page application that identifies a current health equity issue in the greater Los Angeles area or California and a short description of an intervention that could be executed by a local community-based organization to address it. Proposals can span direct interventions, program development, policy changes, or other innovative ideas. Concept proposals are welcome from many disciplines that intersect with health, including policy, education, law, urban planning, and others.

Ten applications will be selected for the full competition, in which each student will be awarded a $2,500 stipend and 10 weeks of mentorship to develop a full project proposal that a community organization can implement. An independent review committee will review the proposals and two students will be awarded an additional $2,500 stipend and the community organization will receive up to $50,000 to implement the project.

Key Dates

  • January 10, 2022: Applications open.

  • February 14, 2022: Applications due.

  • March 8, 2022: Ten (10) graduate students will be selected to receive a $2,500 stipend and a mentor.

  • March 28–June 10, 2022: Students will work with their mentors to develop their full project proposal.

  • Late June 2022: Two (2) winners will be announced at an awards ceremony. Each student will receive an additional $2,500 stipend and $50,000 to their community organization to implement their proposal.

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Resources and Links

About the Challenge

Learn more about the Health Equity Challenge.

Meet the Finalists

Learn more about each of the 10 Health Equity Challenge finalists.


Have questions about the Health Equity Challenge? We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions.

Meet the Team

Meet the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and MolinaCares teams.

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About the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research is one of the nation’s leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information for California. The Center is home to the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation’s largest state health survey.

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About The MolinaCares Accord

Established by Molina Healthcare, Inc., The MolinaCares Accord oversees a community investment platform created to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations by funding meaningful, measurable, and innovative programs and solutions that improve health, life, and living in local communities.


Health Equity Challenge Information Session

Did you miss our Health Equity Challenge information session? Watch the video on YouTube.