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Birth By Us Wins $40K Prize To Help Black Women Have Better Maternal Health Outcomes

A maternal health platform geared toward Black mothers has received funding to drive progress in its sector. According to The Brown Daily Herald, Birth By Us, co-founded in 2021 by UC Berkeley alum Ijeoma Uche and MIT pre-med student Mercy Oladipo, obtained $40,000 in unrestricted funding due to being a recipient of the 2024 Westly Prize for Young Social Innovators. The award was created by The Westly Foundation, which provides “funding opportunities that advance education, improve healthcare access, and support the growth and well-being of our children,” its website mentions. Additionally, the fund amplifies the efforts of social innovators such as Uche and Oladipo. “I personally felt so supported in a way I haven’t felt in a very long time. It’s harder to get the funding it needs to progress as fast as other companies,” Uche told The Brown Daily Herald. Uche and Oladipo are now backed in their initial calling to ensure Black women can receive better maternal health outcomes as...

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 30, 2024

FinTech Startup HealNow Raises $1.3M to Offer Pharmacies An Online Payment Solution

Black-owned health tech company HealNow is rising up in the startup world and announced that it has recently closed a $1.3 million round of funding to further its mission in the healthcare space. According to TechCrunch, HealNow raised $1.3 million in seed funding from SoftBank Opportunity Fund and Alabama Futures Fund to continue helping pharmacies improve their patient onboarding process and revolutionize their experiences with tech. The funding will primarily go toward building out the sales and marketing arms of the startup to continue fueling its growth. TechCrunch reports that HealNow — which was founded by Halston Prox and Joshua Smith — was created to “become the central nervous system for order and delivery of prescriptions,” per Prox’s words. The outlet shares the average payments processing system isn’t always applicable to pharmacies, big or small, because of the complexities that health insurance and the regulatory landscape hold — which is where HealNow comes into...

Njera Perkins

Dec 14, 2020

Founder & CEO Dan Miller Launches Spora Health, a Primary Care Network Catered to the Culture

Spora Health just launched a primary care network specifically with Black people and people of color in mind. Often times the number of disparities in healthcare that exist for Black people in America can go unaddressed due to a lack of understanding and education among medical professionals. Spora Health just launched for patients in Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Tennessee.   View this post on Instagram   Representation matters. A post shared by Spora Health (@sporahealth) on Nov 6, 2020 at 10:40am PST “An equitable healthcare system has never existed in America, especially for Black folks and that is the goal,” said Spora Health CEO and founder, Dan Miller, in an interview with TechCrunch. According to TechCrunch, Spora Health recently closed on a $1.2 million seed round and is one of the primary care providers for Black people and people of color. Although Spora Health is currently taking a telemedicine approach, they will eventually open physical locations. Patients of...

Shanique Yates

Nov 10, 2020