Health

Health

Tackling health disparities in New Orleans.

Challenge

  • In 2016, LA ranked 50 out of 50th states for community and environmental factors on health including high rates of violent crime, children in poverty, infectious disease, and occupational fatalities [1].
  • The life expectancy gap between the city’s most affluent and most disadvantaged neighborhoods is 25 years [2].
  • African American children in New Orleans are three and a half times more likely to be uninsured than white 
children, and black adults 18-64 are close to twice as likely [3].
  • In New Orleans, 64% of adults in 2012 and 34% of high school students in 2007 were overweight or obese [4].

Strategy

Propeller addresses health disparities in New Orleans by working to increase affordable access to healthcare and wellbeing both in and beyond formal medical settings. In 2016 alone, two Propeller entrepreneurs opened new medical clinics in previously underserved neighborhoods. Other small businesses and nonprofits are pioneering healthcare technology, including a platform to simplify healthcare plan choice and a powerful bioinformatics platform. Propeller entrepreneurs work in spaces where New Orleanians work live, and play to address social determinants of health, from violent crime to access to green space. In a city where children screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder at three times the national average, Propeller entrepreneurs are also developing programs to address the sources of that trauma, including exposure to violent crime and family stress due to high poverty.


Impact

  • Bike Rite (Startup ’17) offers paid cycling tours and social rides to facilitate the exploration of New Orleans and promotes physical activity across all of New Orleans’ communities, serving 10,000 riders in 2016 alone.
  • eNre (Growth ’16) ran 5,000 clinical research trials in one year through Ochsner Hospital System. eNre’s software streamline the recruiting process for these trials, with an emphasis on cancer and chronic diseases. A similar trial saw just 500 people over 3 years.
  • High Level Speech & Hearing Center (Startup ‘16, Growth ’17) has provided 8,000 patients with hearing screenings and treatment through our mobile and onsite screenings within local schools, nursing homes, and daycare centers, as well within their permanent outpatient clinic in Harahan.
  • RD Note (Accelerator ’15) partnered with Lafayette General Hospital to receive seed investment support and pilot their unique nutrition care practice model to manage and customize interventions for patients at high-risk for chronic disease.


Supporting Health Entrepreneurs

If you have or are looking to start a small business or nonprofit tackling health disparities, we’re here to help. Propeller’s Accelerator programs 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 accelerators, including eligibility and selection criteria, or visit our online application.

Propeller Ventures working in this Sector

SPLC Health & Wellness

SPLC Health & Wellness

Warren Lattimore

Sector: Health
Sista Midwife Productions

Sista Midwife Productions

Nicole Deggins

Sector: Health
JustBeFly Fitness

JustBeFly Fitness

Daymian McGuire

Sector: Health
Huntington Health Innovations

Huntington Health Innovations

Chris Wheelahan

Sector: Health
What’s Your Revolution

What’s Your Revolution

Dr. Charles S. Corprew, III

Sector: Health
Mymee, Inc.

Mymee, Inc.

Mette Dyhrberg, Daniel Rothman, Eric Lubow

Sector: Health
Yoga 504 Youth

Yoga 504 Youth

Bonita Day, Camille Baldassar

Sector: Health
High Level Speech & Hearing Center

High Level Speech & Hearing Center

Dr. Lana Joseph

Sector: Health
Footprints To Fitness

Footprints To Fitness

April Dupre

Sector: Health
Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant

Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant

Chris Sylvain & Cynthia Sylvain

Sector: Health
Pine Biotech

Pine Biotech

Elia Brodsky, Jaclyn Williams, Dr. Claudia Copeland, Dr. Amitha Dasari, Dr. Leonid Brodsky

Sector: Health
Santosha

Santosha

Haiyan Khan, Vicki Judice, Kimberly Vanwagner & Eva Sohl

Sector: Health
Well Therapeutics

Well Therapeutics

Dr. Lori LeDuff & Nicole Goldin

Sector: Health
Louvis Services

Louvis Services

Lou Anne White

Sector: Health
PrepBiz

PrepBiz

Kenneth Bibbins

Sector: Health
The Hite Law Group

The Hite Law Group

Nicholas Hite

Sector: Health
Bike Rite

Bike Rite

Nicholas Reed

Sector: Health
Lift Louisiana

Lift Louisiana

Michelle Erenberg

Sector: Health
Ready Responders

Ready Responders

Benjamin Swig & Justin Dangel

Sector: Health
eNre

eNre

Eliel Oliveira & Salvatore Peraino

Sector: Health
Clear Health Analytics

Clear Health Analytics

Kathryn Wollan & Jennifer Sclar

Sector: Health
Youth Run NOLA: WeRunNOLA Maps

Youth Run NOLA: WeRunNOLA Maps

Denali Lander

Sector: Health
mySickleHealth

mySickleHealth

Rishi Chavan

Sector: Health
The Resilient Teacher

The Resilient Teacher

Stephanie Choy

Sector: Health
Harmony Health Care

Harmony Health Care

David Kulick, Joanna Jao, Kurt Fiore, Jonah Mink & Erin Yastrow

Sector: Health
Bausey Medical Solutions

Bausey Medical Solutions

Nathaniel Dorsey

Sector: Health
504HealthLearn

504HealthLearn

Jahangeer Khan & Susan Todd

Sector: Health
High Level Hearing Technology

High Level Hearing Technology

Lana Joseph

Sector: Health
Treux North Wellness

Treux North Wellness

Danielle Burrell

Sector: Health
RDnote

RDnote

Molly Hegarty

Sector: Health
Clear Health Analytics

Clear Health Analytics

Kathryn Wollan and Jennifer Sclar

Sector: Health
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Connie Bellone

Sectors: Education, Health
Griffin Law Group LLC

Griffin Law Group LLC

Robyn Griffin

Sector: Health
Social Vaccine Strategies

Social Vaccine Strategies

Richard Witzig

Sector: Health
FitLot

FitLot

Adam Mejerson

Sector: Health
Birthmark Doula Collective

Birthmark Doula Collective

Latona Giwa & Dana Keren

Sector: Health
Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Emily Wolff

Sectors: Health, Education
The Well Integrative Medicine

The Well Integrative Medicine

Sarah Galos, Arwen Podesta & Sarah Mason

Sector: Health

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