Help us discover solutions for improving the health of our community.

From the development of the first successful polio vaccine to the creation of Mr. Yuk, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have a long history of turning our knack for innovation towards some of our most pressing public health concerns.

The Henry L. Hillman Foundation is honored to support that tradition with the launch of the Healthy Allegheny Challenge, a public challenge that invites teams of organizations to submit proposed solutions that will improve the health and quality of life for communities in Allegheny County. One winner will be selected to receive a $1.5 million grant to implement the proposed public health project.

We’re calling on all eligible Allegheny County innovators to apply. Primary applicants must be a certified 501(c)3 and partner organizations may include other nonprofits, grassroots community organizations, volunteer groups, government agencies, school districts, and/or private sector entities. Projects must be proposed for a sub-geography within Allegheny County, with a focus on underserved communities. A winner will be announced in February of 2020, receiving a grant of $1.5 million, payable over two to three years.

The Challenge will accept proposals that support objectives within five priority areas of the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny, which are:

  • Access: Identify and address gaps in and barriers to accessible and affordable, person-centered, high quality health care.
  • Chronic Disease Risk Behaviors: Decrease preventable chronic disease by assuring access to resources, knowledge, and opportunities for residents to adopt healthy behaviors.
  • Environment: Enhance quality of life by reducing pollution and other environmental hazards using coordinated, data-driven interventions.
  • Maternal and Child Health: Reduce morbidity and mortality by improving the health and quality of life of women, infants, children, caretakers, and their families, especially in vulnerable communities.
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Reduce mortality and morbidity related to mental health and substance use disorders.

The Challenge invites organizations to learn more and register between July 18, 2019 and October 17, 2019. Before submitting an application, participants must complete registration no later than October 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm Eastern time. All applications are due by November 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM Eastern time.

For more information about the Challenge, eligibility criteria, application process and deadlines, legal governing rules, evaluation and scoring process, and ways to follow its progress, go to