Sensors Online Names 2017 “Best of Sensors Expo” Award Winners
KnightCap, one of the 2016-17 HFA solutions for stroke care, was among the 2017 “Best of Sensors Expo” Award winners named by Sensors Online. The team received the “Honorable Mention” in the “Application Award” category at the Sensors Expo and Conference on June 28, 2017, in San Jose, California.
Washingtonian: How the Maker Movement Is Speeding Up Innovation in Health Care
This article features the 2016-17 fellows and connects HFA to the "maker" movement which is bringing unique innovation capacity to the field of health care. Also featured in the article are Drs. Mark Smith and Michael Yochelson of MedStar Health, as well as HFA founders Kapil Parakh and Madhura Bhat.
Sensors Expo & Conference to Feature New Medical Sensors Design Experience
This press release on the 2017 Sensors Expo and Conference mentions KnightCap, one of the 2016-17 HFA solutions for stroke care, as the winner of the Startup Pitchfire sponsored by Sensors Magazine at the Medical Sensors Design Conference in May 2017 and includes comments from 2016-17 fellow Stephanie Guang.
OpenBCI Newsletter: KnightCap Featured in Community Projects of the Month
OpenBCI, the company which makes the bio-sensing technology used by the 2016-17 fellows, featured KnightCap and Stephanie Guang's HFA blog post on the role of collaboration in healthcare innovation in their May 2017 newsletter.
Washingtonian: This New Food Delivery Tool Makes Sticking to Your Diet SO Much Easier
This article on our partner Territory's evolution features MedStar Healthy, the transformation of the 2015-16 fellows' WellRooted. Also included are comments from Dr. Michelle Magee, Director of MedStar Diabetes Institute and 2015-16 HFA physician mentor.
(Press Release) 1776 and MedStar Health Announce Startup Pitch Challenge
Complementing their continued collaboration to support the HFA fellowship, MedStar Health and 1776 are issuing a challenge to find and incubate startups redefining convenient, consumer-friendly health care.
This TFA Alum Is Innovating To Improve Stroke Care
King John Pascual's journey from Teach for America (TFA) to the 2016-17 Health for America at MedStar Health fellowship was featured by the Teach for America editorial team. Read about King's passion for education, how those skills are translating into the HFA fellowship, and where he hopes to take them next.
UMD School of Public Health Profile: Maythana Paquete
Maythana Paquete graduated from the UMD School of Public Health in 2012 with a degree in Behavioral & Community Health. After working in public health policy for three years, May became a 2015-2016 Health for America Fellow at MedStar Health, where she was challenged to create an innovative solution for improving outcomes for people living with type 2 diabetes.
Forbes: Dr. Mark Smith: How MedStar Is Supporting The Careers Of Millennials
Forbes contributor Dan Schawbel interviewed Mark Smith, MD, Chief Innovation Officer of MedStar Health and the Director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation, about HFA, why MedStar is investing in it, why work travel and intrapreneurship appeal to Millennials, and Dr. Smith's top career advice.
The University of Utah Alumni Connection: September 2016 News
In its September 2016 e-news spotlighting alumni achievements, University of Utah featured Amanda Newman, who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree there in 2016, for the results driven by the 2015-16 Health for America at MedStar Health fellows.
Neil J. Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health's research arm, wrote about WellRooted on his blog about daily life in the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI). He recognizes MHRI’s own Michelle Magee, MD, director of the MedStar Diabetes Institute, for her team's role in co-creating WellRooted with the 2015-16 HFA fellows.
A unique MedStar Health fellowship challenged four young professionals to create an innovative solution for improving outcomes for people living with type 2 diabetes....After four months of study and interaction with patients and clinicians, the team created WellRooted, a unique food delivery and education service tailored for type 2 diabetes needs.
MedCity News: "MedStar Health adds Health for America fellowship, 1776 partnership"
MedStar Health has integrated Health For America fellowship into its Institute for Innovation as well as partnered withstartup incubator 1776. The Institute began mentoring the fellows last Fall.Madhura Bhat and Dr. Kapil Parakh co-founded Health for America fellowship program in 2012 as a standalone nonprofit organization, but the MedStar Institute for Innovation dates back to 2009.
(Press Release) MedStar Adds Health For America Fellowship to Its Innovation Institute
WASHINGTON, D.C. — MedStar Health has expanded its commitments to innovation and education by integrating a fellowship program that is focused on solving persistent challenges in health care today. The Health For America fellowship, co-founded in 2012 by Madhura Bhat, MBA, MPH, and Kapil Parakh, MD, PhD, MPH, as a standalone nonprofit organization, will be absorbed into the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), which began mentoring the current class of four recent graduates in business, engineering, public health, and design in September 2015.
MedTech Boston: "To Develop Innovative Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes, Fellows First 'Live' with the Disease"
Over the past half-decade, fellowships in healthcare innovation have become increasingly popular. The Health for America fellowship, which matriculated its second full-year class this September, is dedicated to developing innovative solutions for a different chronic disease each year.
Technical.ly DC: "This year’s Health for America fellows will be working out of 1776"
“We’re thrilled to partner with Health for America and MedStar because this fellowship is an important step toward enabling startups to continue disrupting and driving innovation in health care delivery — ultimately providing better outcomes for patients and providers,” 1776 cofounder Donna Harris said in a press release.
(Press Release) Aspen Institute Announces Inaugural Urban Innovators, August 2015
Health for America’s Executive Director, Megan Caldwell, and Chief Operating Officer, Ellen Kourakos, were named to the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Urban Innovators. The program will support each selected leadership team with a combination of peer-learning, mentorship, key connections, and brand development.
Technical.ly Delaware: "Meerkat Health is striving to make a measurable impact"
Last we caught up with this year’s four Health for America fellows, they had just introduced their startup — Meerkat Health, a smart scale that can detect signs of pending congestive heart failure by keeping track of users’ weight.
(Press Release) Medstar to Host 2015-16 Health for America Fellowship
Health for America is pleased to announce that Medstar will host the 2015-16 Health for America Fellowship in Washington D.C., in partnership with the global startup incubator, 1776. The Fellowship will give a small group of exceptional young healthcare leaders the opportunity to put aside their day-to-day work and focus instead on finding high-impact, low-cost solutions for patients suffering from chronic diseases. Led by the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), the 2015 Fellowship will give fellows broad access to providers, entrepreneurs, and other experts throughout MedStar, a regional not-for-profit health system advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research.
Technical.ly Delaware: "HFA fellows introduce wireless bathmat scale for patients with heart disease"
The Health for America fellows — Ellen Kourakos, Megan Caldwell, Nick Azpiroz and Sandra Hwang — recently unveiled a new web platform and hardware product, designed to improve the lives of those living with congestive heart failure.
Technical.ly Delaware: "Meet the Health for America fellows fighting heart disease in Delaware and beyond"
Founded in 2012 (and taking a page from the playbooks of Teach for America, Venture for America and Code for America), Health for America leverages entrepreneurship to solve some of the country’s toughest healthcare challenges. The fellowship program connects recent grads with healthcare leaders, tech companies and medical providers to fight chronic diseases.
Medtech Boston: "Health for America Fellows Head to Boston"
It’s the problem of our generation: our healthcare system isn’t much of a system at all. But in an innovative change of direction, Health for America – a nonprofit and fellowship program – is looking not to medicine alone but to entrepreneurship to provide new solutions.
Technical.ly Delaware: "Start It Up Delaware’s new Social Impact Fund looks to boost area causes"
Nonprofits are typically tasked with solving real-world problems: education, healthcare, hunger, housing, technology, safety and so on.Start It Up Delaware is specifically looking to work with nonprofits that are creating innovative solutions to these real-world problems — with its recently launched Social Impact Fund.
Scarsdale10583.com: "Scarsdale’s Ellen Kourakos Granted Prestigious Fellowship"
Ellen Kourakos, Scarsdale High School Class of 2008, is a recipient of the prestigious Health for America Fellowship. As part of a team of four Fellows, Ellen was chosen from a national pool of applicants that included alumni of Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Cornell, MIT, Stanford, and dozens of other universities across the country.
Lamorinda Weekly: "Campo Alum Megan Caldwell Granted 2014 Health for America Fellowship"
While a student at Indiana University, Caldwell majored in policy analysis and Near Eastern language and culture, studying Arabic for five semesters. She completed her Bachelor of Science in public affairs with honors notation and authored a thesis on Conflict and Underdevelopment in the Third World. She interned with the Department of Homeland Security in the summer of 2010 and worked as a state office intern for Senator Dianne Feinstein during the summer of 2009. Her current work as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton gives her the opportunity to mediate and implement mergers, analyze legislation and regulations, and identify ways for clients to lead health reform efforts.
Just Curious Blog: "The Top 5 Things That Are Missing from the Digital Health Ecosystem"
There are fellowship opportunities that exist for undergrads and those in graduate school but not for post-grads. What I would like to see is a practical digital health fellowship that enables post-residency and post-grads to use their skills and their knowledge and apply them to healthcare (something like an advanced Code for America or Health for America).
Thanks to an in-kind partnership with South by Southwest, Health for America’s inaugural fellows will travel to Austin to attend the 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, this event features compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.
SXSW Panel: Hacking Medical Training Through Innovation
Health for America co-founder Madhura Bhat was selected to participate in a panel at SXSW 2014 entitled Hacking Medical Training Through Innovation. The panel will explore how academic medical centers can become leaders in efficient, patient-centered, and commercially sustainable innovation by committing to disruptive changes in training the next generation of clinician-innovators.
The Next Web: "Bringing the Lean Startup approach to healthcare"
On an ongoing mission to find inspiring individuals disrupting markets, industries and organizations, I sat down with Kapil Parakh, Director of Heart Failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Not only is he bringingLean Startup methodology into his medical practice, but he most recently helped launch Health For America.
Vodafone Americas Foundation Blog: "Fellowships as a Vehicle to Spur Innovation"
This framework reflects a fusion of the opportunities that my cofounder, Kapil, and I saw. Kapil is a cardiologist who had built an innovative heart failure program at Johns Hopkins using techniques like lean startup and design thinking. As a Robert Bosch Fellow, I knew first hand the power of the fellowship model to provide young leaders with invaluable practical experiences.
Health for America co-founder Madhura Bhat was selected as a Global Good Fellow.The Global Good Fund creates agents of world change by leveraging societal investors to develop high potential young leaders. It does so by combining a network of accomplished and respected leaders who have a proven track record of solving large-scale corporate and social challenges, with high-potential young leaders recognized and screened for achieving high impact, scalable and sustainable social change.
The Social Capital Markets Conference Scholarship: September 2013
Health for America co-founder Madhura Bhat was awarded a scholarship from Halloran Philanthropy to attend the 2013 SOCAP Conference. The Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) brings together 1900 individuals from 45 countries to increase the flow of capital towards social good.
(Press Release) White House Appoints 2013-2014 Class of White House Fellows
Health for America co-founder Kapil Parakh was selected as a White House Fellow. Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.
Health for America cofounder Kapil Parakh was invited to participate in an expert panel entitled “Principles and Challenges in Health Innovation” at Harvard’s Global Health Delivery Online. This forum brought together a group of leading health innovators from around the country to discuss the current challenges and opportunities in health innovation.
Medical News: "Health for America selects Louisville for its 2013 summer fellowship program"
“Louisville was selected as one of two cities by Health for America for its 2013 Summer Fellowship Program, which will bring entrepreneurs and the healthcare community together to focus on health information technology (IT) opportunities and challenges.”
Health for America co-founder Kapil Parakh was invited to speak at Venture Beat’s Health Beat 2013 conference. The event explores “Smart Hospitals” and “Smart Practices,” the focal point of where technology is disrupting health care. It also covers how “Smart Patients” fit into the ecosystem.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Madhura Bhat: Encouraging Entrepreneurs to Improve Health Care"
Health for America co-founder Madhura Bhat was selected as a 2013 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award recipient. The award, which honors dedicated community organizers from across the country, will be presented March 10, 2013 at the South by South West (SXSW) Interactive Festival. The award is presented annually in memory of the festival’s co-founder, Dewey Winburne, who believed digital technology had the ability to create essential social change. This year’s ten honorees were selected from the best of the best of community activists and leaders in the non-profit sector.
ITP's Women Entrepreneurs Festival: January 2013 Event
Health for America co-founder Madhura Bhat was invited to ITP’s Third Annual Women Entrepreneurs Festival held in New York. The goal of the festival was to help create a community of women entrepreneurs; to expose women who have not yet taken the entrepreneurial leap, the pre-entrepreneurs, to women who have.
Health for America co-founder Madhura Bhat was a panelist at the Digital Health Summit, part of the larger Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The session, entitled Vitamin XX: Revolutionizing the Face of Digital Health focused on the role of women leaders in health and entrepreneurship.
Health for America co-founder Kapil Parakh was invited to mentor at the Lean Startup Conference held in San Francisco. This national conference brought together innovators from startups and established companies alike to share lessons for building profitable lean organizations.
Health for America co-founder Madhura Bhat was selected as one of 20 winners of Finding Fearless – a nationwide campaign to recognize, reward and inspire fearless change-makers, and a pillar of the Case Foundation’s Be Fearless initiative. As a winner, Health for America will receive $10,000 to further its work, a $25,000 software donation and a Tech Prize Pack from Microsoft, along with a $100 REI gift card. The Case Foundation received nearly 1,200 nominations addressing an array of social issues including human rights, food insecurity, economic development, public health and more. The winners were selected by the Fearless Academy, a cross-sector group of nearly 100 social innovators from across the nation.