This past year has been an important one for many innovators working to improve health outcomes and solutions for historically marginalized communities.
The same is true for the In Full Health initiative itself, which formed earlier this year in response to the American Medical Association’s strategic plan to embed racial justice and equity.
The In Full Health initiative is so proud to share that our Equitable Health Innovation Solution Development Toolkit — which launched this past summer — has been downloaded by 40% of the Learning & Action Community. We are excited to continue developing tools that promote conversations and reflections about equity in health innovation.
Achievements From Our Collaborators and Community
In 2022, we were excited both to launch this initiative and to support the leaders already doing meaningful work in their communities. This year, on the In Full Health Blog, we have featured over 20 leaders in health care innovation who are changing the future of what it means to live “in full health.”
From building a resource hub for LGBTQ+ teens to increasing access to texting in health care, this year has seen a wave of innovation focused on connecting historically marginalized communities with the care they deserve. And the solutions keep coming.
Here, nine health solution developers share some of the metrics they are most proud of from 2022.
Principal, Ipsos Healthcare Advisory
“I’m thrilled to share that this year we formed the first ‘Techquity for Health’ coalition, a network of dedicated healthcare industry leaders committed to transformation and who envision a future in which all people have confidence in healthtech and believe, feel, and know that it is designed with their needs in mind. Together, we’ve developed the industry’s first Techquity Benchmarking initiative, a foundational assessment that will examine our current state as an industry and highlight key areas of strength as well as opportunities for improvement. Stay tuned — our survey launches this week among healthcare industry leaders, and we’ll be sharing results by March 2023.”
Founder and CEO, Radical Health
“In 2022, at Radical Health we were able to train over 40 facilitators who would have conversations in their own communities around the topics of substance use disorder and opioid overdoses. Because of that, we were able to have over 800 hours worth of conversations with people — 98% of whom identified as Black, Latino, and indigenous, and also lived in highly concentrated areas of poverty, but also had never engaged with any type of health tech or digital health solution before.”
Joy Cooper, MD
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Culture Care
“In 2022, Culture Care launched a wellness arm to our organization to engage over 100 Black women this summer in Double Dutch play, and an educational retreat where they learned how to lead healthier lives. We are bringing Black culture to exercise and Black doctors to Black women who brunch. Beyond telehealth, we are finding touchpoints to ensure Black women truly thrive.”
Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH
Founder and CEO, The Greystone Group | Member, AMA External Equity & Innovation Advisory Group
“In 2022 The Greystone Group, in collaboration with the AMA, completed the development of the first known health equity digital health innovation solution assessment. Innovators now have an evidence-based tool to guide equitable solution development and investors have a way to ensure they are investing in solutions with objective evidence of equitable design and development.”
Creative Lead, Hopelab
“We launched imi.guide in June of 2022, with the help of hundreds of LGBTQ+ teens and organizations, as a way to support the growing mental health needs of young LGBTQ+ people. Since then, more than 35,000 people have come to imi for the totally free, science-backed guides, stories, and coping skills to affirm their identity and support their mental health. You can learn more about imi, the research around it, and what we’re learning about LGBTQ+ teen mental health here: https://lgbtq.hopelab.org/”
Founder and CEO, SameSky Health
“What I’m most proud of this year, is the successful launch of our new solution CultureGuide, which launched earlier this year. CultureGuide has enabled SameSky Health to help our health plan partners achieve impressive outcomes around guiding their members to the tools, resources, and care they need. In one example, we worked with a National Medicare Advantage plan to engage members who had not seen a provider of any type, in more than 16+ months. Within the first 6 months of our outreach, 33% of those members completed their annual wellness visit.”
Co-Founder and President, BLKHLTH
“This year, we’ve been able to distribute colorectal cancer kits in 49 out of 50 states through our partnership with Cottenelle. We also launched a program and partnership in South Africa, so we’re reaching people on a global scale. The simple spread of our message in 2022 has grown tremendously.”
Founder and CEO, Patient Orator
“In 2022, Patient Orator partnered with a community-based organization that allowed us to come in and speak about the work that we’re doing. It was such a proud moment to see that shift in people’s eyes when they realized that they held the power as individuals. That they can own their narratives and that their health appointment can be driven by their concerns. This is so very much a part of what I’m most proud of as I look back on 2022.”
Founding Member, MedTech Color
“At MedTech Color, we’re excited to work with organizations like In Full Health who are focused on equity in health innovation. We accomplished many things in 2022, but I’m particularly proud of the impact we’ve had with our 2nd Annual Pitch Competition. We invested over $425K in non-dilutive capital and in-kind services to 20 African American and Hispanic entrepreneurs, to accelerate the growth of their medtech startups.”
Thank You So Much — Here’s to 2023
Our work would not be possible without the immense support from our founding collaborators and Learning & Action Community. It is through your dedication to equity in health innovation that real change can be made and the In Full Health initiative can thrive.
Thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to collaborating with and amplifying the stories of champions of equity in 2023.
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