2022 Annual Aqueduct Healthcare Adherence Challenge

Calling all healthcare students and early career professionals: Do you have unique ideas on how to improve patient adherence? 

Introducing the 2022 Annual Aqueduct Healthcare Adherence Challenge:

In the spirit of innovation, we're empowering the next generation of public health leaders to think outside the box about solving the patient "no-show problem". We're seeking novel ideas for significantly reducing appointment no-shows and/or overcoming other patient adherence challenges. If you are a student, trainee, fellow, or early career health professional, we encourage you to submit your idea(s) below to the 2022 Annual Aqueduct Adherence Challenge. Submissions should require no more than 30 minutes of your time. Seven (7) semi-finalists will be selected to receive $500 in prize money and move on to the next round. Click here to learn more about scoring and next steps.

Reasons for missed healthcare appointments are complex, interconnected, and continuously evolving. Appointment no-shows can be attributed to factors as diverse as lack of transportation, unstable housing, travel and appointment wait times, lack of childcare or eldercare, not being able to get off work, inability to pay copays, not seeing the importance or value of the appointment, experiencing discrimination, and not feeling respected or understood by providers. Additional drivers of non-adherence are similarly unique to each individual, including attitudes toward the medical system, cultural background, interpersonal factors, and cognitive factors such as health literacy. This interplay of factors means that the most underserved communities -- those experiencing the greatest health inequities -- also face the biggest barriers to attending medical appointments. Given this complexity, it's not surprising that efforts to reduce appointment no-shows via reminder calls and open access scheduling have failed to meaningfully improve patient outcomes. The Aqueduct team wants to support you in solving this serious healthcare challenge.

Applications are due Friday, December 2, 2022, at 11:59pm ET. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by an interdisciplinary panel of experts in patient adherence. Semi-finalists will be notified via e-mail by December 16th, 2022.


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Our team at Aqueduct is working to reduce appointment no-show rates in order to improve health outcomes for historically underserved populations. Aqueduct's research and development is supported by NIH Small Business Innovation Research grants (NINR 1R44NR016908 and 1R44NR020320). Learn about Aqueduct, our multi-pronged digital solution for patient adherence challenges, at www.withaqueduct.com. 

Please contact Dr. Aviva Ariel-Donges (Director of Research) at aariel@withaqueduct.com with any questions or comments.

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First Name: *
Last Name: *
Email: *
Phone Number: *
Institution/Clinic/Facility Name: [Where you work or study] *
Location (City, State): *
Link to your LinkedIn profile, professional social media, or CV: *
What is your current professional level?
Briefly tell us about yourself, your training, your professional area(s) of interest, and what makes you a good candidate for developing a program to address medical adherence challenges. [Word limit = 250] *
Briefly tell us about the adherence challenge(s) you would like to solve. Include information on the target population, population size at your facility, and what behaviors you would like to address. Include information on your anticipated clinical partner, the nature of your existing relationship with your anticipated clinical partner, and how you anticipate the clinic would collaborate on dissemination and replication of the intervention if it is found to be successful.  [Word limit = 500] *
Briefly describe how you would approach the adherence challenge(s) outlined above from a multifaceted perspective and how you would use the features of the Aqueduct platform to address social determinants of health that impact patient adherence?  [Word limit = 250] *
If you are selected to move on to the next round of the competition, do you anticipate that you will have the following:  [Check all that apply] *
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