Over the past few months, The Naked Truth has been shouting all about civic hacking and challenges throughout the country. Well, Challenge.gov has launched to encourage citizens to get on board and hack away at civic issues that concern them. An online challenge platform administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with ChallengePost, Challenge.gov empowers the U.S. Government and the public to develop solutions to pressing national issues, such as Health, Labor, Economy, Jobs, Energy and Environment, etc.
There are more than 2oo challenges users can browse through on the site (the Health category alone contains a whopping 103). The most recent health challenge is Care Counts: Educating Women and Families. Posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the challenge focuses on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will effect women and families, come October 1, 2013.
Care Counts calls for the creation of an innovative, educational Tool (device designed for usability) that will inform women about how to enroll in their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace (platform created to help health insurance consumers find health coverage that fits their specific budget and needs). The Tool should include key provisions of the ACA specifically designed to improve the health of women and their families.
The idea is that this Tool will be accessible to all women, but will particularly reach women in undeserved communities (assuming women in underserved communities can easily access the Tool). Successful solutions to this challenge will illuminate coverage of 22 preventive services for women without copayment. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Counseling
- Cervical Cancer Screening
- HPV DNA Testing
- Chlamydia Infection Screening
- Syphilis Screening
- Urinary Tract or Other Infection Screening
The Care Counts Challenge is offering a 1st and 2nd place prize to teams that submit winning solutions. A 1st place prize of $7,500 will be awarded in the category of English print, web-based or social media. A parallel 1st place prize, also for $7,500, will be awarded in the category of Spanish print, web-based or social media. 2nd place prize winners, in the same categories, will receive an award of $5,000 each, for a total of a $25,000 distribution to winners.
Here are the complete set of rules for the challenge.
Because there is nothing better than civic collaboration to generate solutions to national problems. Especially if those solutions can help women access and understand the healthcare they need.