Health Equity

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Collaborates with Health In Her HUE to Connect Black Women and Women of Color with Culturally Sensitive Health Care Providers

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has announced a collaboration that will provide no-cost access to Health In Her HUE, a digital platform connecting Black women and women of color with culturally sensitive health care providers. Participants will also be able to join Health In Her HUE’s Virtual Care Squad experience, a support group designed by and for Black women and women of color that focuses…

Zócalo Health Raises $5M in Seed Funding to Launch Culturally Competent Digital Primary Care Services for Latinos in the U.S.

Zócalo Health, a Latino-founded healthcare service designed for Latino patients has raised $5M in seed funding co-led by Animo, Virtue, and Vamos Ventures. The round includes other notable investors including Necessary Ventures, Able Partners, and angel investors Toyin Ajayi, Freada Kapor Klein, Nikhil Krishnan, and Erik Ibarra. The funds will support the company’s launch of virtual primary care services in California, Texas,…

SheMatters Raises $1.5M in Seed Funding for Its Platform Focused on Black Maternal Health

SheMatters, an online platform and mobile app designed to support women of color who experience postpartum comorbidities by helping them to build healthy habits that can be tracked and openly celebrated, announced the close of a $1.5M in seed round. Participating investors include Oxeon Ventures, Chingona Ventures, New York University, The Fund and Techstars. The company will also change its name from…

Queer and Trans Healthcare Provider FOLX Health Introduces a New Employer Offering

FOLX Health, a digital healthcare service provider designed by and for the medical needs of the LGBTQIA+ community, is launching an enterprise solution that enables employers to offer the LGBTQIA+ workforce end-to-end primary care, gender-affirming care, care advocacy, and community. In addition to healthcare services, FOLX Health offers support for parents of LGBTQIA+ youth as well as for Human Resource and Benefits…

Cayaba Care Raises a $12M Series A to Expand Maternity Health Access and Services to Underserved Populations

Maternal health startup Cayaba Care has raised $12M in Series A funding round to increase staff, launch in additional markets and further invest in technology solutions that will increase access to much-needed holistic maternity services. The round was led by Seae Ventures and Kapor Capital with participation from Wellington Partners, Citi Impact Fund, and Rhia Ventures. This round brings total funding raised to…

Maternal Health Startup Noula Health Raises $1.4M in Pre-seed Funding

Maternal health startup Noula Health has closed a $1.4M pre-seed round led by Muse Capital and Precursor Ventures. Other participants in the round include Crista Galli Ventures, Visible Hands VC as well as angel investors Jill Koziol, the Founder & CEO of Motherly and Alex Cohen, the Director of Product at hybrid primary care clinic Carbon Health. Noula Health Founder & CEO…

Ovia Health Collaborates with the National Birth Equity Collaborative to Launch a New Birth Equity Hub

Family health company Ovia Health is collaborating with the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC), an organization committed to optimizing maternal and infant health on a Black History Month content hub that includes a birth plan series and educational content about birth workers and birth equity designed to empower members of Ovia’s community. Ovia Health was acquired by Labcorp last August and has…

Ferring Introduces a New Grant Program to Tackle Gender, Health and Racial Inequalities

Forensic analysis of stone age human fertility to better understand why modern-day sperm counts are falling, and a project to support safe birth in rural Ethiopia by providing trained midwives and solar power kits, are among 17 winners of a new Ferring Pharmaceuticals grant program. The new program is designed to tackle inequalities and disparities in reproductive medicine and maternal health, reinforcing…