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AHRQ Cross-Sectional Innovation to Improve Rural Postpartum Mental Health Challenge

Do you have a success story or program proposal that can help rural communities improve care for postpartum mental health issues?

Department of Health and Human Services - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $175,000
Type of Challenge: Ideas
Submission Start: 05/19/2020 9:00 AM ET
Submission End: 09/15/2020 5:00 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


One in seven mothers experiences a postpartum mental health condition. Rural women and families face barriers to accessing adequate care for postpartum mental health problems. Such barriers may include limited availability of mental health care providers, and difficulties arranging for child care, transportation, and payment.

The purposes of this challenge are to (1) amplify innovative programs that rural communities already are implementing to address challenges to postpartum mental health diagnosis and treatment and (2) elicit new solutions. AHRQ plans to share the winning solutions with rural communities, healthcare systems, healthcare professionals, local and state policy makers, federal partners, and the public.

This challenge is a single-phase competition with two categories: success stories and proposals. Success stories will highlight community achievements and new program proposals will demonstrate innovative planning for community action to improve postpartum mental health. Applicants may only submit a proposal in one category

Submissions are due in September and you need only a 5 or 10 page description of your innovative idea that meets the submission requirements and review criteria (success story or program proposal).

For more information, visit the challenge website.

Key Dates:

  • Submission Open: May 19, 2020
  • Orientation Webinar: June 3, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET
  • Follow-up Webinars: June 30, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET; August 5, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET
  • Phase 1 Submission Close: September 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET
  • Judging and Review Period: Fall 2020


  • Success Story Category: Five winners will receive $15,000 each.
  • Program Proposal Category: Two winners will receive $50,000 each.


The rules can be found on the challenge portal.


The Success Story Category will be based on this judging criteria.

The Program Proposal Category will be based on this judging criteria.

How to Enter

The submission criteria is detailed here. Competitors can enter the Challenge through the Bestincrowd portal here.