Reaching Health Equity

It is more clear than ever that health systems lack transparency, trust, and meaningful improvement to provide access and quality to all.

It is more clear than ever that the effect of public health challenges are felt most among people of color, indigenous, rural, LGBTQ and so many other underserved communities.

It is more clear than ever that now is the time to accelerate public health innovation through entrepreneurship to bring power to the people.

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PHIA 2021 Virtual Demo Day

Accelerator Overview

What is PHIA 2021?

The Public Health Innovation Accelerator is a 10-week program that transforms early-stage ideas and prototypes into market ready ventures, with public health impact embedded in business model. Venture teams are brought into a network of mentors, speakers, and consultants who support ventures in their development.

What is the Demo Day?

8 ventures will each virtually present their solutions to an audience of entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, and potential health focused partners in a 4-minute pitch with a 5-minute Q&A. Judges will score the ventures and announce the top 3 for monetary awards.

August 5th 2021-12pm (EST)

Demo Day Prizes

MUFG 1st Place Prize

$5,000

Sponsored by:

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2nd Place Prize

$3,000

3rd Place Prize

$2,000

Demo Day Judges

Erin Hagan

Deputy Director Evidence for Action

Desiree Elder

Executive Visionary, The Dream Center Harlem

Cynthia Vance

Entrepreneurship professor, start up mentor, angel investor

Ashish Joshi

Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, and Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

Julia Fisher

Investment Analyst, Village Capital

Chris Walker

Executive Visionary, The Dream Center Harlem

Nicholas Hoffmann

Managing Director, Healthcare Banking, MUFG

Demo Day Ventures

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ShockTalk is a culturally tailored, and AI-assisted, telemental health platform, connecting Indigenous clients to Indigenous therapists trained in cultural humility.

ShockTalk seeks to decrease adverse mental health effects attributed to unresolved historical and intergenerational trauma in Native American and Alaska Natives. Built from the ground-up for Indian Country, ShockTalk leverages a unique blend of AI, CRM, and telehealth technologies to create culturally appropriate patient-provider relationships. Users are connected to Native therapists trained and experienced in cultural humility via AI Chat, Zoom, and a CRM backend.

Austin Serio

CEO & President

Edit

Skin Releaf is the only tele-dermatology platform for people of color. As a person of color, it is difficult to find proficient dermatologists that are knowledgeable on their skin type and find comprehensive skin care education to treat their conditions.

Additionally, medical literature, online, and other tele-dermatology platforms lack images of skin conditions on dark skin. Skin Releaf solves this problem by providing a platform where people of color can connect with dermatologists virtually, have virtual consultations, and track the changes in their skin.

Additionally, members on the platform can get access to education on thousands of skin conditions, treatments, and products because Skin Releaf provides images on thousands of skin conditions that patients can match their condition to. The dermatologists that are connected on this website are knowledgeable and experienced in treating patients of color.

Camile Delva

CEO

Karina Paez-Rojas

Marketer

Marvel Delva

UI/UX Designer

Edit

Sasa health is a patient engagement platform that consolidates patients medical records with the insurance benefit details thus providing a longitudinal view into the patients medical record, eligible benefits and cost transparency based on content pulled from insurance and EHR data.

Rashid Toure

Founder & CEO, Sasa Group

Josh Villahermosa

Founder & CTO, Sasa Group

Edit

A digital mental health app with culture-specific interactive cognitive-based tools used to help reorient thinking and used to increase access to nonprescription virtual mental health care and provide clients with the ability to engage with pre- recorded modules for the top five mental health conditions that affect immigrant communities in the US and UK, and victims of gender-based violence in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda where our respective partners and collaborators are.

Through a leading-edge cognitive behavioral therapy delivery model, Sproutly uses short-term, goal-oriented evidence-based methods that focus on solving problems and building skills to identify unhelpful thinking, modify beliefs and change behaviors in victims of gender-based violence and traumatic experiences.

Chinonye Donna Egbulem

Founder & CEO

Raphael Jimenez

Business Development & Innovation Intern

Justice Yoo

Business Development & Innovation Intern

Rachel Crawford

Mental Health Consultant

Edit

Through empathetic and culturally-competent technology, Chat Health seeks to help college students, and especially first-generation and BIPOC students, access relevant health information and better connect with healthcare services on their university campuses.

Our team is currently building a mobile app with three core features – a health resources dashboard tailored to specific student demographic, an AI chatbot that serves as a Q&A platform for accessing student health on and around their campus, and an event feed where campuses and student organizations can highlight health promotion events for students.

Veeraj Shah

CEO

Neil Johnson

Backend Development Lead

Jesse Anderson

CTO

Aishwarya Tare

Chief Product Officer

Edit

XZEVN Solutions builds technology that measures and determines similarities between data sets without needing to know how they interact and overtime, identify complex patterns. The problem is Public Health Administrators,
Healthcare Organizations, Government Organizations and Businesses have difficulty making preemptive decisions regarding underserved communities due to the massive volumes of quantitative and qualitative public health data which are available.

Electronic Health Records and patient treatment records hold vast amounts of contextual data that can help identify and address social determinants of health. Currently, technologies are limited in their ability to view public health data holistically in order to accurately cluster appropriate data into recognizable patterns and assist decision-makers with making critical decisions that lead to cost savings and better outcomes for all organizationsand the public they serve.

Robert Williams

CEO

Neil Norris

COO

Edit

Doctors Under the Radar establishes mental health solutions including, evidencebased and curated resources, and support channels to de-stigmatize physician mental health to provide options for female physicians to withstand the challenges associated with mental illness.

Our solutions are focusing on accessing data through building a community and providing solutions and support systems directly based on the needs of the physicians. We currently have a podcast to increase awareness about physicians’ mental health issues and humanize physicians. We have candid conversations with physicians about their journey and their perception of the issues facing them and the community. This creates an open
door idea for other physicians to reach out or even analyze their own needs. We also have a community in which physicians can connect and communicate with the option of anonymity

Quidest Sheriff

Founder

Darryl Simmons

COO & Co-Founder

Edit

Bloomelody is a mobile health app designed to be used by early-intervention therapists. The app uses a human-centered design approach and applied behavioral analysis therapy to bring music, visual aid, and fun to the classroom. The app is intended to translate the therapist’s curriculum into easily digestible sessions for the students where they can learn actions and words through songs via flashcards.

Preston Peck

CEO

Rafaela Villacres

Co-Founder & Product Manager

Sebastian Grygorczuk

Flutter Engineer

Max Inciong

Product Owner

Jade Truncale

Flutter Engineer

Edit

ShockTalk is a culturally tailored, and AI-assisted, telemental health platform, connecting Indigenous clients to Indigenous therapists trained in cultural humility.

ShockTalk seeks to decrease adverse mental health effects attributed to unresolved historical and intergenerational trauma in Native American and Alaska Natives. Built from the ground-up for Indian Country, ShockTalk leverages a unique blend of AI, CRM, and telehealth technologies to create culturally appropriate patient-provider relationships. Users are connected to Native therapists trained and experienced in cultural humility via AI Chat, Zoom, and a CRM backend.

Austin Serio

CEO & President

Edit

Skin Releaf is the only tele-dermatology platform for people of color. As a person of color, it is difficult to find proficient dermatologists that are knowledgeable on their skin type and find comprehensive skin care education to treat their conditions.

Additionally, medical literature, online, and other tele-dermatology platforms lack images of skin conditions on dark skin. Skin Releaf solves this problem by providing a platform where people of color can connect with dermatologists virtually, have virtual consultations, and track the changes in their skin.

Additionally, members on the platform can get access to education on thousands of skin conditions, treatments, and products because Skin Releaf provides images on thousands of skin conditions that patients can match their condition to. The dermatologists that are connected on this website are knowledgeable and experienced in treating patients of color.

Camile Delva

CEO

Karina Paez-Rojas

Marketer

Marvel Delva

UI/UX Designer

Edit

Sasa health is a patient engagement platform that consolidates patients medical records with the insurance benefit details thus providing a longitudinal view into the patients medical record, eligible benefits and cost transparency based on content pulled from insurance and EHR data.

Rashid Toure

Founder & CEO, Sasa Group

Josh Villahermosa

Founder & CTO, Sasa Group

Edit

A digital mental health app with culture-specific interactive cognitive-based tools used to help reorient thinking and used to increase access to nonprescription virtual mental health care and provide clients with the ability to engage with pre- recorded modules for the top five mental health conditions that affect immigrant communities in the US and UK, and victims of gender-based violence in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda where our respective partners and collaborators are.

Through a leading-edge cognitive behavioral therapy delivery model, Sproutly uses short-term, goal-oriented evidence-based methods that focus on solving problems and building skills to identify unhelpful thinking, modify beliefs and change behaviors in victims of gender-based violence and traumatic experiences.

Chinonye Donna Egbulem

Founder & CEO

Raphael Jimenez

Business Development & Innovation Intern

Justice Yoo

Business Development & Innovation Intern

Rachel Crawford

Mental Health Consultant

Edit

Through empathetic and culturally-competent technology, Chat Health seeks to help college students, and especially first-generation and BIPOC students, access relevant health information and better connect with healthcare services on their university campuses.

Our team is currently building a mobile app with three core features – a health resources dashboard tailored to specific student demographic, an AI chatbot that serves as a Q&A platform for accessing student health on and around their campus, and an event feed where campuses and student organizations can highlight health promotion events for students.

Veeraj Shah

CEO

Neil Johnson

Backend Development Lead

Jesse Anderson

CTO

Aishwarya Tare

Chief Product Officer

Edit

XZEVN Solutions builds technology that measures and determines similarities between data sets without needing to know how they interact and overtime, identify complex patterns. The problem is Public Health Administrators,
Healthcare Organizations, Government Organizations and Businesses have difficulty making preemptive decisions regarding underserved communities due to the massive volumes of quantitative and qualitative public health data which are available.

Electronic Health Records and patient treatment records hold vast amounts of contextual data that can help identify and address social determinants of health. Currently, technologies are limited in their ability to view public health data holistically in order to accurately cluster appropriate data into recognizable patterns and assist decision-makers with making critical decisions that lead to cost savings and better outcomes for all organizationsand the public they serve.

Robert Williams

CEO

Neil Norris

COO

Edit

Doctors Under the Radar establishes mental health solutions including, evidencebased and curated resources, and support channels to de-stigmatize physician mental health to provide options for female physicians to withstand the challenges associated with mental illness.

Our solutions are focusing on accessing data through building a community and providing solutions and support systems directly based on the needs of the physicians. We currently have a podcast to increase awareness about physicians’ mental health issues and humanize physicians. We have candid conversations with physicians about their journey and their perception of the issues facing them and the community. This creates an open
door idea for other physicians to reach out or even analyze their own needs. We also have a community in which physicians can connect and communicate with the option of anonymity

Quidest Sheriff

Founder

Darryl Simmons

COO & Co-Founder

Edit

Bloomelody is a mobile health app designed to be used by early-intervention therapists. The app uses a human-centered design approach and applied behavioral analysis therapy to bring music, visual aid, and fun to the classroom. The app is intended to translate the therapist’s curriculum into easily digestible sessions for the students where they can learn actions and words through songs via flashcards.

Preston Peck

CEO

Rafaela Villacres

Co-Founder & Product Manager

Sebastian Grygorczuk

Flutter Engineer

Max Inciong

Product Owner

Jade Truncale

Flutter Engineer

Get to Know + About Us

Philosophy

We are passionate about cultivating entrepreneurs and connecting innovation opportunities and resources in underserved communities that can most benefit from innovation. Technology, systems innovations, and new business models focused on the social and environmental determinants of health and tailored to community needs are necessary for achieving ambitious public health goals and narrowing health disparities. We believe in a trans-disciplinary approach to public health innovation by bringing entrepreneurs together with mentors, public health experts, systems change experts, tech partners, investors and researchers from a wide range of fields who are dedicated to helping communities transform ideas into reality.

Our Ventures

Participating ventures come from any sector and produce public health impact. Venture teams can be a nonprofit, for-profit or social venture. Teams are made up of all backgrounds and disciplines. Ventures do not have to be in the health sector or be made up of health professionals to qualify. Whether participants are scientists, lawyers, marketers, engineers, artists, students or teachers, they all become public health entrepreneurs through this accelerator.

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