With high rates of obesity, physical inactivity, uninsured residents, low birth weights, and health disparities, New Orleans needs collaborative innovators with bright ideas to solve our public health crisis.
- Louisiana ranks 50th out of 50 states for overall health.
- The life expectancy gap between residents in the city’s most affluent and most disadvantaged neighborhoods is 25 years.
- Louisiana ranks in the bottom five states in deaths due to cancer, heart disease and stroke, obesity, and diabetes.
- Louisiana ranks 47th out of 50 states for health insurance enrollment, with 15.7% of uninsured residents.
Propeller supports health entrepreneurs with the potential to serve previously unmet needs in public health services for low-income and underinsured populations. Propeller health ventures are expanding quality and access to public health clinics. Propeller also accelerates health innovators through PitchNOLA: Living Well, a business pitch competition focused on getting New Orleanians healthier, more active, and better nourished.
- Birthmark Doulas (Propeller ’13) has provided over 400 families with doula services, including 200 low income receiving services for free through Birthmark’s one-to-one program.
- Healthy School Food Collaborative (Propeller ’13) has generated $9.8 million in revenue to serve fresh, locally-sourced, healthy meals to 43% of all NOLA public schools.
- The Arts & Wellness Center (Propeller ’13) generated $1.2 million in financing to build a community cultural and health center focused on arts enrichment and improved vitality. The Center has served 750+ community members since opening in August 2015.
- Social Vaccine Strategies (Propeller ’14) developed a low-cost, effective treatment for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL), a disease present in dozens of countries around the world with aims to treat 5,000 patients by the end of the year.
- Griffin Law Group (Propeller ’14) has secured over $1 million in financial support and medical care for New Orleans children with disabilities.
- Coordinated Care for the Whole Child (Propeller ’15) has secured Medicaid/Medicare benefits to provide over 6,000 school children with medical health screenings, including vision, dental and hearing.
- RD Note (Propeller ’15) has saved nutritionists 4,200 estimated hours nationwide with an innovative app that maximizes the efficiency of patient visits.
- TreuxNorth (Propeller ’15) organized 400 community fitness classes for the benefit of 2,500 participants as part of Fit NOLA Parks, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Whole Foods Market, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
- Clear Health Analytics (Propeller ’15) has connected with 4,600 potential partner organizations to use new software that empowers consumers to make smarter health insurance decisions. Their new health insurance plan-comparison portal that launched before the January 31st, 2016 deadline for open enrollment, helps consumers easily and quickly choose a health insurance plan.
Propeller’s Impact Accelerator
We’re always seeking entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas to improve our city’s public health, especially as it relates to access and affordability of healthcare, and chronic diseases. Propeller’s Impact Accelerator is designed to support entrepreneurs throughout the business lifecycle—from idea, to beta, to growth. Hands-on mentorship, access to high-level networks, pro bono technical support, and free office space, are just some of the benefits. Learn more about our Impact Accelerator, including eligibility and selection criteria, or visit our online application.