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This Black-Owned Tele-Pharmacy Company is Changing the Future of Medicine

Much of the healthcare industry has turned virtual and online since the widespread outbreak of COVID-19, leaving many companies with the task of finding safe solutions to still serve their clients and patients. As virtual health looks to gain momentum in the foreseeable future, tele-pharmacy startup CourMed is focusing on centering itself at the intersection of tech and healthcare. According to theGrio , the mobile application utilizes enterprise software to crowdsource medical supply deliveries from healthcare providers to patients safely and directly to their own homes. Launched in 2018, the startup targets patients who are 55 and older, as it aims to deliver items such as prescription meds, vitamins, supplements, CBD oil, home medical supplies, and more in addition to being a source of support. Prior to the pandemic, the demand for virtual health was low compared to where we find ourselves now as we seek an influx of virtual methods during social distancing, and CourMed is now...

Njera Perkins

Aug 28, 2020

Dr. Danielle Richardson Wants to Educate the Black Community on Proper Vision Care

It’s no secret that African Americans have been hit harder than any other group by COVID-19 . However, even before the pandemic, we knew that the Black community was at a disadvantage in the healthcare system. According to Cigna , a leading healthcare provider, Black people are 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, and 20 percent more likely to have visual impairments. Black women are also 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer. Dr. Danielle Richardson, an LA-based optometrist at Zak , is trying to help reduce these disparities. Dr. Richardson is a glaucoma-certified therapeutic optometrist and hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry. She is also licensed to practice optometry in New York, Texas, and California. Dr. Richardson is passionate about educating communities of color about the importance of proper...

Colleen Williams

Jul 23, 2020

Meet the Doctors of the First Black-Owned Urgent Care Center on Chicago's Southside

Healthcare professionals deserve their flowers now more than ever, especially this group of Black doctors. Last Spring, ER and trauma physicians Reuben C. Rutland, Airron Richardson, Michael A. McGee, and Gregory Primus united to open the first Black-owned urgent care facility in Chicago. Premier Health Urgent Care is located in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood, an urban community that can benefit immensely from local and affordable health resources. Relief for the Southside “We live in the neighborhood and recognize when our children were injured or sick there was no urgent care nearby,” Dr. Richardson told ABC7 .  “You had to go to a completely different neighborhood several miles away.” This group of co-founders developed the idea for Premier due to the healthcare gap in the area. As a result, they offer proper care and support to those in need, as well as alleviate the growing strain on neighboring healthcare centers. The facility not only provides urgent physical care but also...

Niki McGloster

Apr 10, 2020