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Innovation Lab

A Learning Lab to Test Your Boldest Ideas - Apply Now

Our Innovation Lab (iLab) provides a testing ground and seed funding for organizations in, or partnering with, the safety net health care system to bring to life a promising and bold idea that delivers care in new ways to promote the health and wellbeing of vulnerable Californians.

iLab: Whole Health

For the fifth year, CCI is partnering with Blue Shield of California Foundation to seed safety net-grown innovations that better the lives of vulnerable Californians. Past cycles of this program focused on value-based care and patient engagement. This year in iLab, we are looking for bold ideas with the potential to address an upstream barrier to health.

Your upstream idea might take on a specific challenge related to economic stability, the physical environment (i.e. housing, transport, community spaces, air quality), education opportunities, food security, safety, or social support. There are many unsolved social determinants of health (SDOH) issues, and we provide you with resources to make your idea a reality.

We want you to bring the best ideas from the health care safety net and partner organizations —- whether they are local businesses, public institutions, social enterprises, managed care plans, or nonprofits doing inspiring work. Your organization may be a lead, contributor, advocate, or advisor on a local or regional project to build an essential community resource, strengthen an existing asset, or enhance the community environment. How are you trying to tackle this upstream challenge in a different way?

Four to six projects will be accepted for iLab, each receiving grants of up to $50,000 to offset project development costs, staff time, and travel. Your team also receives technical support to help measure your idea’s impact and tell stories about what you’ve learned along the way.

Apply for iLab: Whole Health

Review the Request for Applications. For eligibility information, see page 2; applications prompts on page 5.

Review the slides and recording from the informational webinar.

Submit all application materials via this form by 5 pm PST on October 26, 2017.

Program Timeline

September 1, 2017 — Request for Applications Released

Review the RFA eligibility and application prompts here.

September 18, 2017 12-1 pm PST — Informational Webinar

The meeting will provide an overview of the program and application. Access the slides and recording from the informational webinar here.

October 26, 2017 5pm PST — Application Deadline

December 15, 2017 — Cohort Announced

December 18, 2017 — Virtual Kickoff Webinar