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IMG Health Clinic Founders Say Despite 8-Figure Success, Access To Funding Is Hard When VCs Deem Them 'Not Investable'

Securing funding for a Black-owned business is an uphill battle, even when the company has reached massive success.

Shanique Yates

Apr 11, 2023

These Founders Are Behind A Digital Platform That Aims To Connect Black Women To Culturally Sensitive Providers

Community is essential for the overall well-being of Black women, and Health in Her HUE is on a mission to help each one find her tribe.

Shanique Yates

Mar 30, 2023

These Co-Founders Left Brown University For A Year To Launch A Geriatric Care Platform — And Still Graduated

In the classic movie “Soul Food,” all of the occurrences are centered around the matriarch of the family, Mama Joe. She is the anchor for her three daughters, who went on to lead lives of their own but still very much so depend on her wisdom and guidance. As the plot would have it, Mama Joe had diabetes and was stubborn about taking her medicine and taking the necessary steps to prioritize her health. Left with few options, she has to have her leg amputated to deal with her health issues. However, Mama Joe’s family was left in the dark concerning the severity of her health issues. This issue is not a new phenomenon, as many families have dealt with surprising truths regarding their loved one’s health. At this intersection of health and wellness is where Intus Care pulls up. Intus Care is a “healthcare analytics platform that synthesizes healthcare data to identify risks, visualize trends, and optimize care.” AfroTech spoke with Evan Jackson and Robbie Felton to learn more about how...

Josh Rodgers

Dec 20, 2022

Dr. Oz's Stance That Uninsured Americans 'Don't Have A Right To Health' Resurfaces From 2013

The majority of people are familiar with Dr. Oz from his talk show that first aired in 2009 after drawing in a buzz from his regular guest appearances as a health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In tune with the end of his show’s run, the celebrity doctor transitioned into being a Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate last year. “One of the great things about our democracy is that every citizen can decide to run for public office,” Winfrey told New York Magazine in a statement from her spokeswoman, Nicole Nichols. “Mehmet Oz has made that decision. And now it’s up to the residents of Pennsylvania to decide who will represent them.” While he’s in his campaign run, a questionable video clip of his has recently resurfaced.

Ngozi Nwanji

Sep 8, 2022

'This Is Me Doing Something About It' — Giannis Antetokounmpo Has Made A $1M Investment In An Effort To Make Healthcare Accessible

NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo is working to ensure underserved communities will receive quality and affordable healthcare. We are proud to announce that superstar basketball player @Giannis_An34 has joined #AntidoteHealth as we revolutionize #healthcare in the U.S. — Antidote Health (@AntidoteAI) August 10, 2022

Samantha Dorisca

Aug 11, 2022

California Becomes The First State To Provide Undocumented Immigrants With Access To Healthcare

California just made a historic move, passing legislation that will offer healthcare to all undocumented immigrants. According to The Associated Press, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Thursday (June 30), which includes a $307.9 billion operating budget and will provide coverage to an additional 764,000 people between the ages of 26 and 49. What this means is that the west coast state made a commitment to providing low-income adults with access to California’s Medicaid program by the year 2024, regardless of their immigration status. “This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California. “In California, we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.” NEW: Just signed our budget. California will now be the first state in the nation to achieve universal access to healthcare coverage. This is what being “pro-life” ACTUALLY looks...

Shanique Yates

Jul 5, 2022

N.W.A. Founding Member Arabian Prince Talks Disrupting The Healthcare Industry With A Medical Metaverse

Discovering ways to innovate in the metaverse gives way to creative freedom, but when it benefits others, it’s even more empowering. Take the founding member of the legendary N.W.A. Arabian Prince, for example, who has taken action to help close the gap of lack of access to proper healthcare with the help of the virtual world. Having grown up in an inner-city along with being an early adopter of technology, the entrepreneur possessed the ability to connect the underserved communities with life-altering ways to improve their health. To create such health opportunities and a gateway to more knowledge, Arabian co-founded MdDAO — an organization that is working to “reimagine the future of health and wellness.” With the collaborative effort of medical experts, healthcare professionals, and health consumers, the platform recently announced the launch of the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), which aims to disrupt the healthcare system by linking consumers directly to healthier...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 27, 2022

March Of Dimes Revamps Training For Implicit Bias In Maternal and Infant Health

March of Dimes is enhancing its efforts to raise awareness towards bias in maternal and infant health. According to a press release, the nonprofit organization has announced new changes to its implicit bias training, Awareness to Action: Dismantling Bias in Maternal and Infant Healthcare, designed for professionals and students in healthcare. The program aims to remove inequities plaguing maternal and infant health. According to recent data from the 2021 March of Dimes Report Card Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native women had disproportionate health outcomes in comparison to their white counterparts. “Every person has some level of unconscious bias, but unchecked stereotyping or negative biases about a group of patients can foster misplaced beliefs and lead to poor decision making by providers,” said Dr. Zsakeba Henderson , Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Medical and Health Officer, according to a press release. “Knowledge and behavior change are the first steps to...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 14, 2022

Nigerian Tech Startup DrugStoc Wants To Become Africa's One-Stop Shop For Its Healthcare Providers

Lack of accessibility to essentials for everyday living is often the story behind the downfall of systems around the globe. For instance, Nigeria is the home of some of the world’s brightest minds, but significant setbacks include its healthcare system, which impedes its citizens from seeking to live fruitful lives. However, healthcare should be a human right, and this is what pushed DrugStoc co-founders Chibuzo Opara and Adham Yehia to create what is now Africa’s leading health tech platform. Their platform serves as a tech-enabled solution that combats the continent’s broken pharmaceutical supply chains through connecting drug store companies with hospitals and pharmacies in Nigeria. Before launching DrugStoc, Opara and Yehia founded Integra Health, a hospital management company, which paved the way for their discovery of how tech could break barriers within the pharmaceutical market. “It was quite a black box what tech could do,” Yehia told AfroTech. “We came from the health...

Ngozi Nwanji

Jan 24, 2022

Former NFL Player Clinton Portis Sentenced To Time In Prison For His Role In Healthcare Fraud

Former National Football League (NFL) running back Clinton Portis has been sentenced to time in federal prison for his role in defrauding a healthcare benefit program created for retired NFL veterans. Clinton Portis is just one out of a slew of former players who filed false reimbursement claims that came to a whopping $2.9 million.

Shanique Yates

Jan 7, 2022

Kiira Health Continues Its Commitment To Young Women's Health After Closing $4M In Latest Seed Round

Here’s to a true change in healthcare for women! Kiira Health — a Los Angeles-based healthcare technology company — is on a mission to address the needs of young, diverse women while also encouraging them to take control of their health in the earlier stages of their lives. To further their mission, the company just recently closed a $4 million seed round led by 500 Global and Forum VC, according to a press release provided to AfroTech. “I truly wish I had a women’s health solution like Kiira when I was in college. We are setting ourselves apart by creating this unique opportunity to reach young women at the most pivotal stage of their lives,” said Crystal Adesanya, Founder, and CEO of Kiira Health, in a press release.

Shanique Yates

Dec 21, 2021

Vitable Health Raises $7.2M To Provide Cost-Effective Healthcare For Underserved Hourly Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that as essential workers help keep the world afloat startups like Vitable Health are simply vital. Hourly workers are what keep businesses rolling, yet they’re often left uninsured or have to fend for their health out-of-pocket. Vitable Health aims to change this misfortune by giving employers a more cost-effective way to give their employees and their families healthcare, Forbes reports. Now, the Pennsylvania-based startup has raised $7.2 million in funding to ensure that hourly workers’ health is as much of a priority as salaried employees. Participants of the round included First Round Capital, and angel investors such as the CEO of Lattice, Jack Altman; managing director at Y Combinator, Michael Seibel; senior vice president of business at GoPuff, Daniel Folkman; co-founder of Cityblock Health, Toyin Ajayi; and others, according to Forbes. With their latest funding, Vitable Health plans to improve its app as it launches its mental health...

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 29, 2021

Nearly 20 Former NBA Players Arrested For Their Alleged Role In A $4M Healthcare Scam

Nearly 20 former NBA players have been arrested by the Feds for their alleged role in a healthcare scam. NBC 4 New York was the first to break the story. According to the local NBC affiliate, the scheme involved plans to rip off the insurance provided by the league to NBA players both past and present. The charges were filed in the Southern District of New York on Thursday, Oct. 7. A full list of NBA players who were arrested in the scheme can be found below. Some of the players charged include: – Milt Palacio – Sebastian Telfair – Antoine Wright – Darius Miles – Ruben Patterson – Eddie Robinson – Gregory Smith – Glen Davis – Jamario Moon (1/2) — Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) October 7, 2021 More former players: – Terrence Williams – Alan Anderson – Tony Allen – Shannon Brown – William Bynum – Melvin Ely – Christopher Douglas-Roberts – Tony Wroten (2/2) — Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) October 7, 2021 “According to the grand jury indictment, the defendants allegedly engaged in a widespread...

Tennis Icon Venus Williams Joins Blue Shield Of California To Advocate For Women's Health Issues

Tennis superstar Venus Williams’ legacy has empowered women both on and off the court. According to a press release, Williams is teaming up with Blue Shield of California — a mission-driven nonprofit health plan — to spread awareness of healthcare bias. “For groups, including but not limited to, women, people of color, immigrants, and low-income populations, accessing and receiving the care they need and deserve can be challenging,” Jeff Robertson , senior vice president of consumer growth and chief marketing officer at Blue Shield of California, said in a press release . “We are proud to be working with tennis icon and activist Venus Williams in addressing the implicit biases and systemic inequities that persist in health care today.” Over the next year, through the collaborative campaign — “Hear Me” —  Williams will speak on “her auto-immune disorder Sjogren’s Syndrome, mental health, Black maternal health, and fitness and wellness,” the press release announced. “I am deeply...

Ngozi Nwanji

Sep 20, 2021

Health Tech Startup mPharma Has Served 100K Patients a Month, Now It's Expanding to Ethiopia

Ghanaian health tech startup mPharma — which works to improve access to medicines — is continuing its mission to provide innovative financing and accessibility solutions in the medical field by expanding its markets to Ethiopia, TechCrunch reports. As one of the toughest markets to enter to date, extending mPharma’s operations to the East African country will only help the startup achieve its goal of ruling African healthcare. The company — which was founded in 2013 by Daniel Shoukimas, Gregory Rockson and James Finucane — has established a system that specializes in vendor-managed inventory, retail pharmacy operations and market intelligence on behalf of the hospitals, pharmacies and patients it serves. As outlined by TechCrunch, Africa’s $50 million pharmaceutical market still faces challenges such as low stock of inventory and excessive prices that make it difficult for many Africans to get ahold of the medications they need to treat their illnesses. mPharma’s goal is to...

Njera Perkins

Mar 11, 2021