Participants are invited to join the agency’s efforts to modernize AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS training program and improve health information technology.

US Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Research and Quality Agency (AHRQ)@AHRQNews), announcements a new Challenge competition, inviting participants to develop innovatively TeamSTEPPS video contentwhich is a vital part of AHRQ’s patient safety resources and includes a training program consisting of evidence-based tools and resources to promote communication and teamwork among healthcare professionals.

“Based on more than 20 years of research into the application of the principles of teamwork in health settings, the TeamSTEPPS training program has provided medical teams with resources for better communication, awareness raising and conflict resolution to improve the overall patient experience. Said AHRQ. Director Robert Valdes, PhD, MHSA “To modernize our program, we invite participants to develop new video content and help us renew an integral part of our curriculum.”

The TeamSTEPPS training program promotes effective teamwork, collaboration and communication skills, which ultimately create a safer and more effective health environment for patients and medical staff. The curriculum focuses on specific strategies and tools that can be used to improve the work of medical staff, patient safety and quality of care.

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an immeasurable challenge to the healthcare industry and identified areas for improvement. As health information technology continues to evolve, current TeamSTEPPS videos need to be updated to better align with current clinical practice, care standards, and teaching and education methods.

This challenge encourages participants to create new and innovative content to strengthen curricula by adding or replacing current videos. This challenge has two phases and only the winners of the first phase will be entitled to the second phase. There can be up to 10 winners in the second phase; everyone will receive $ 10,000. The winners of the second phase will be announced by the end of the year.


April 27, 2022.—Launch a challenge

June 20, 2022—Proposals for Phase 1 (written proposals) must be submitted. AHRQ will complete the review of proposals within 6-8 weeks after the end of the call.

August 2022—AHRQ will announce the Phase 1 winners at the end of August 2022. Phase 2 of the Challenge will begin once the Phase 1 winners have been announced and announced by August 31, 2022. The AHRQ team will schedule a live webinar on virtual technical assistance with all Phase 1 winners to discuss the scope of the content, the quality of the final product, the accessibility / compliance with section 508 and to answer any questions the winners may have.

October 31, 2022—Phase 2 participants will have 60 calendar days from the notification to create and present their production (s), as described in their proposal (s). The deadline for submitting videos is October 31, 2022.

December 2022—The final winners in phase 2 of the competition will be announced in December 2022.

Amounts of prizes

Only participants selected as Phase 1 winners will be eligible to enter Phase 2. Phase 1 winners will not receive cash prizes.

Phase 2 winners will receive $ 10,000 for a successful video. Up to 10 cash prizes will be awarded.

Phase 2 participants may be disqualified if the video sent to them deviates from their winning bid or if the quality of the production does not meet the standards according to the evaluation criteria set out in this Communication and the technical assistance standards. In the event that Phase 2 proposals are disqualified, another Phase 1 proposal (a) may be considered; we will contact each additional winner (s) regarding the submission of a video and receive a new 60-day deadline.

New Challenged Announced by AHRQ

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