Challenge inviting nurses and nursing students worldwide to submit nurse-led novel concepts, protocols, treatment approaches, screening tools, and consumer product ideas with the potential to help improve access to care amid the current pandemic environment and beyond.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (JLABS) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering innovators across a broad healthcare spectrum (including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and health tech sectors) to create and accelerate the delivery of life-saving, life-enhancing health and wellness solutions to patients around the world. JLABS is part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.
JLABS periodically launches JLABS QuickFire Challenges. These global challenges support working with local partners for innovation and empower innovative scientists, companies and entrepreneurs to seek comprehensive and integrated solutions that hold the potential of improving the health of people around the world, particularly in areas of significant global impact on people’s health. These competitions call for early-stage innovators to apply for a chance to win research grants, access to lab spaces, exposure to the innovation community and other startups, global industry networking opportunities, mentorship and coaching from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and its partners.
The ‘JLABS Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Improving Access to Care’ is organised by JLABS together with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN). Within the framework of the challenge, nurses and nursing students worldwide are invited to submit nurse-led novel concepts, protocols, treatment approaches, screening tools, and consumer product ideas with the potential to help improve access to care amid the current pandemic environment and beyond, including but not limited to the following focus areas.
Ideas may include potential solutions for practice in any setting, including inpatient, outpatient, education, private practice, community, military and VA settings and can address health and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health conditions, and care & treatment considerations for persons with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders. Example focus areas include:
- Vaccine Education and Delivery: vaccines are a critical component in our fight against COVID-19. As governments and communities begin vaccine roll-out, there are concerns and logistical questions as to how the vaccine can reach the masses to achieve herd immunity. How can we improve vaccine acceptance and efforts in education and delivery to help alleviate the impact of COVID-19?
- Medical Deserts: in the US alone, it is estimated that 30 million people live in a medical desert, or a region with inadequate access to healthcare. This limited access to medical services increases mortality rates and exacerbates long-term health problems. How can we help improve access to medical, behavioural, mental, dental, and/or pharmaceutical healthcare services in communities where such resources and services are extremely limited or altogether unavailable?
- New Models and Settings for Care: even before COVID-19, healthcare teams and health organisations were innovating new ways to provide care, such as implementing virtual care models for patients and nurse-led teams at community clinics. How can we further strengthen care model innovation and improve the quality, efficiency and sustainability of these non-traditional models and settings of care to help reduce burdens on hospitals and improve patient outcomes?
- Health Equity, Racial Disparities & Inclusion: the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the racial and social injustices and inequities that have plagued society and communities of colour, with leading health associations, including the American Nurses Association, declaring racism an urgent public health crisis. As the past year has spotlighted how injustices related to race, sexual orientation and gender identity are connected to public health outcomes, how can we address the systemic disparities and inequities rooted in many areas of healthcare and provide better quality, sustainable and equitable access to care systems.