Health

Health

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.

The Problem

  • 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.

The Solution

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.

Featured Impact

  • 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.

Propeller Ventures working in this Sector

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: Educational Equity, 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, Educational Equity
The Well Integrative Medicine

The Well Integrative Medicine

Sarah Galos, Arwen Podesta & Sarah Mason

Sector: Health

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