Health Equity

Culina Health’s Vanessa Rissetto: ‘We are on a mission to increase access to sustainable nutrition care, regardless of patients’ socioeconomic status.’

The following guest post was written by Culina Health CEO Vanessa Rissetto, MS, RDN. Rissetto was named by Essence magazine as one of the top 5 Black nutritionists that will change the way you think about food. Her true passion is that nutritional coaching and science-based health and wellness education is possible and should be available for all.  Despite what social media may…

Health In Her HUE Secures $3M in Seed Funding to Expand Services for Women of Color

Health In Her HUE, the digital health platform, specifically designed for Black women and women of color, recently announced the closing of a a $3M seed funding round. This investment is aimed at enhancing the company’s growth by expanding its talent pool and developing new programs and products. The funding round was spearheaded by Seae Ventures and saw participation from several notable…

PCORI Invests $80.5M in Maternal Health Research to Combat Inequities

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced a massive investment of $80.5M to fund four patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies. This initiative is part of PCORI’s efforts to address the critical health care and social factors contributing to maternal health inequities in the United States. The studies, part of a larger suite of 30 CER studies recently approved for…

INTIMINA Highlights Period Poverty on College Campuses: 20% of Students Face Difficult Choices Over Menstrual Product Costs

Global intimate health brand INTIMINA, has released data that casts a spotlight on the issue of period poverty on college campuses. The survey conducted among college students who menstruate in the U.S. found that approximately 20% have had to make difficult decisions between acquiring menstrual products and covering other essential personal expenditures. This issue becomes even more pressing in light of the…

StretchDollar Launches with $1.6M Pre-Seed Funding to Reinvent Small Business Health Benefits

Health benefits startup StretchDollar has officially launched, accompanied by a successful pre-seed funding round securing $1.6M. The company offers a practical solution for small employers looking to provide pre-tax funding for employee-owned health insurance. Initially operating in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Colorado, StretchDollar has set its sights on expanding to California, North Carolina, and Texas by the end of 2023. Over 60…

How Flowsense Empowers Visually Impaired Women to Independently Manage Their Menstrual Cycle

In a big leap towards more inclusive menstrual care, UK-based Muna Daud has launched Flowsense, an accessible period blood detection device designed for visually impaired women. The gadget empowers users to independently and effectively manage their periods, offering a discreet, precise, and non-invasive method for period blood detection while also keeping track of their menstrual cycle. The lack of accessible feminine hygiene…

New Study by EXHALE Reveals Scarcity of Culturally-Responsive Self-Care Tools for Black Women

EXHALE, an emotional well-being app for Black Women and Women of Color, has released a new report highlighting the insufficient number of self-care resources specifically created for Black Women. “The State of Self-Care for Black Women” report offers insights into the stress, racial trauma, and enduring the stereotype of strength that impacts Black Women’s mental, emotional, and physical health. Surveying 1,005 Black…

Pear Suite Joins Forces with OutCare Health to Bolster LGBTQ+ Healthcare Access in the US

Digital health company, Pear Suite, has partnered with OutCare Health, an LGBTQ+ health equity nonprofit organization, to enhance LGBTQ+ healthcare accessibility through a social care navigation platform. The announcement, made during Pride Month, builds upon OutCare Health’s robust eight-year legacy of connecting the LGBTQ+ community with an affirming network of healthcare providers across the US. Pear Suite has carved a niche in…