Sanofi U.S. is excited to announce the 2023 Health Equity Accelerator Awards!

Overview of Sanofi Health Equity Accelerator Awards

At Sanofi, we believe every person has the right to a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, and no one should be disadvantaged from getting the care they deserve.

Goal: Accelerate health equity so all patients have access to transformative medicines and vaccines.

We created the Health Equity Accelerator Awards to encourage and support the efforts of US advocacy groups. The advocacy community actively engages with patients and caregivers in underserved communities to address inequities. Alongside this progress, there is opportunity to apply learned experiences and bring new thinking to solve the many challenges that limit peoples’ access to care.

We are pleased to continue the Health Equity Accelerator Awards. This year 10 awards will be given to US advocacy groups for innovative programs that address specific health disparity challenges impacting underserved populations*.

US-based non-profit advocacy organizations are invited to apply by proposing innovative programs to address these challenges. A panel of judges will select a winner for each challenge category based on evaluation criteria, and the corresponding non-profit organizations will receive a $50,000 healthcare contribution from Sanofi.

Health disparity challenges:

Hemophilia   Provide education and support for people with Hemophilia living in rural areas through innovative collaborations
Hemophilia Improve diagnosis and delivery of equitable care for women, girls, or persons with the potential for menstruation with below-normal factor levels through innovative collaborations
Immunization – Influenza Improve Influenza Immunization Rates in underserved communities* for adults 50 and above, living with Heart Disease, Diabetes, Asthma and Chronic Kidney Diseases
Immunization – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Improve community education on Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) for all infant protection in underserved communities*
Lung Cancer Provide innovative patient navigation approaches to overcome barriers to biomarker testing to increase personalized treatment for underserved communities* with Lung Cancer
Multiple Myeloma Provide innovative patient navigation approaches to ensure treatment decisions are based on patient preferences and needs, for underserved communities* with Multiple Myeloma
Multiple Sclerosis Increase awareness and earlier diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in Communities of Color† or rural communities
Specialty Medicine Improve availability to specialist healthcare professionals for underserved communities
T1 Diabetes Improve awareness and screening for T1 Diabetes for underserved Communities of Color†
Transplant Increase stem cell and kidney donations and patients' awareness of transplantation as a treatment option in Communities of Color†

*Underserved populations/communities encompass people that experience health disparities, barriers, or inequitable limitations in access to care that prevents them from achieving their full health potential. This includes historically disadvantaged populations such as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); individuals living with poverty or socioeconomic constraints; people facing disparities due to age, gender or geographical location; new mothers and women with children; people who identify as LGBTQ+; people living with disabilities; individuals with limited English proficiency; and other vulnerable populations who encounter barriers in equitable access to health care.

†Communities of Color refers to people who identify as Black, African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic, Latin American, East Asian, South Asian, Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, or other people of color.

How it works

Who - Only US-based non-profit advocacy organizations may apply for the Health Equity Accelerator Awards.

What - Innovative programs that address the specific health disparity challenges. This includes expansions of existing programs or new ideas.

When - The application deadline is Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Winners will be announced in the fall.

Awards - Winners will receive the following:

  • $50,000 award to each winner
  • Sanofi planning and execution support
  • Participation in the Health Equity Accelerator Awards ceremony, which will be held in October or November 2023
  • Public recognition through press releases and social media

How to apply - To apply, click the application button and complete the online form.

If you are having difficulties accessing the on-line application or have questions, please reach out to

Recipients have no obligation to Sanofi. Subject to certain limitations and review required by company policy.

Criteria and Judges

Criteria to be used by the judges:

  • Aligns to the stated health equity challenge
    • Exhibits a clear definition and understanding of the challenge
    • Targets specific populations facing known health disparities related to the challenge
  • Well-defined program
    • Defines concrete objectives
    • Has a clear action plan and deliverables
    • Explains how award funding will be used and the plan to secure funding needed for sustainable implementation
  • Innovative approach that applies critical success factors for a health equity initiative
    • Brings new ideas to solve the challenge, such as partners, technology, data, channels, etc.
    • Leverages data, social listening, and community engagement
    • Offers culturally appropriate, accessible resources
    • Delivers locally through trusted messengers
  • Measures success
    • Defines target results and key milestones
    • Identifies the right measures of success to show impact on the target populations

Judges Panel:

A panel of judges consisting of independent thought leaders from national societies with expertise on improving health equity and Sanofi senior leaders will determine the winners. The panel will review the applications and choose up to one (1) winner for each issue§.

Rohini Anand
Principal and CEO
Rohini Anand LLC

Adam Gluck
Head U.S. and Specialty Care Corporate Affairs

Olivier Bogillot
Head of U.S. General Medicines

Laura Lee Hall
Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity

Omar Escontrías
Senior Vice President, Equity, Research and Programs
National Health Council

Esther Krofah
Executive Vice President, Health, FasterCures
Executive Director, Center for Public Health, Milken Institute

Brian R. Foard
Head Specialty Care NA, and U.S. Country Lead

Subarna Malakar
Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, North America and Global Specialty Care

Deborah Glasser
Head of Vaccines, North America

Jason Resendez
President and CEO
National Alliance for Caregiving

§Based on the applications received, every effort will be made, but not guaranteed, to identify at least one recipient in each disease area who is making an impact on health equity.


Requirements for applicants and award recipients of the Sanofi Health Equity Accelerator Awards program are listed below.

  • Applicants must be a US-based non-profit advocacy organization
  • Proposed programs must be US-focused
  • Each proposed program must be submitted as a separate application against a single challenge
  • No limit to the number of applications a single organization can submit
  • Programs can be implemented alone or in partnership with multiple organizations. Only one application should be submitted by a single organization on behalf of all partners.
  • Programs that have received funding from Sanofi in the past 12 months are not eligible for the award
  • If selected as a winner, the lead organization must meet the organizational requirements and would receive the financial award
  • Awards funding needs to adhere to Sanofi guidelines on independent Healthcare Contributions
  • All applications must be submitted by June 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST
  • All applications must be submitted electronically through the online form. Those that are emailed or mailed in will not be accepted
  • All application questions must be answered to be considered eligible
  • By submitting, applicants agree to be recognized by Sanofi through all channels including website, social media, press releases, etc., as part of the Health Equity Accelerator Awards
  • Employees, former employees, or relatives of Sanofi employees may not submit an application
  • Research projects will not be considered