Entrepreneurs Have Ideas to Improve Health for the Formerly Incarcerated, the Homeless

Propeller announces the entrepreneurs who will pitch at PitchNOLA: Living Well presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

15 May 2017

Propeller announces the ventures who will pitch at PitchNOLA: Living Well presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, a competition for ideas to decrease gaps between which New Orleanians can afford and gain access to health resources and lead healthy lives.

In a city where the life expectancy gap of 25 years between the city’s most affluent and poorest neighborhoods, these entrepreneurs bring ideas to improve health outcomes for historically marginalized groups, including formerly incarcerated individuals, people of color, the homeless population, and people suffering from mental illness.

Winners from last year include High Level Speech & Hearing, a speech and hearing clinic that served 8,000 new patients in 2016 alone through onsite and mobile screenings at local schools, nursing homes, and daycare centers, as well as through their permanent outpatient clinic.

PitchNOLA: Living Well will take place on Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00–8:00pm at Propeller (4035 Washington Ave.). Tickets are free and open to all at Eventbrite.

PitchNOLA: Living Well semi-finalists:

Black Men of Labor’s Harvesting the Equity project uses arts & culture to engage residents on how to sow seeds in growing healthy lives and revitalizing communities.

C A L M – Clear Answers to Louisiana Mental Health helps New Orleanians better understand and treat psychosis.

Clean Course Meal Prep provides nutritious, wholesome, and delicious meals to suit everyone, from the busy mom looking to slim down to the fitness junkie bachelor looking to bulk up, and everyone in between.

FIT (Formerly Incarcerated Transitions) Clinic provides medical, behavioral and social care to those recently released from incarceration.

Laughing Buddha Nursery’s Local Cooling Farms use sustainable farming to produce healthy food, rebuild ecosystems, and sequester carbon into the soil.

Proof Positive Project provides sexual violence education, prevention, and response for bar & restaurant industry professionals.

Ready Responders reduces unnecessary ambulance and emergency department use by developing a network of community health worker / EMTs to respond to 911 calls and assist community members in navigating the healthcare system.

REMiXEcology (Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Exploration) is a movement that reconnects minorities with the great outdoors through excursions that nurture the mind, body, and spirit.

Street Medicine New Orleans provides medical care and case management outreach for the unsheltered homeless of New Orleans.

The UMC Urban Farm Project is an urban production farm, community garden, exercise structure, and event space on site at UMCNO Hospital as a public health intervention aimed at improving the food environment in healthcare settings to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Now in its fourth year, PitchNOLA: Living Well presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a pitch competition awarding funding for ideas to make health affordable and accessible for all New Orleanians. The event is made possible by partners the New Orleans Health Department, Second Harvest Food Bank, LSU Agriculture Center, Touro Infirmary, Ochsner Health System, and 504HealthNet.

Media Contact:
Catherine Gans    
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Ventures mentioned in this post

The University Medical Center Urban Farm

The University Medical Center Urban Farm

Catherine Hudson

Areas of focus: Food
Ready Responders

Ready Responders

Benjamin Swig & Justin Dangel

Areas of focus: Health