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Academic Health Care System RWJBarnabas Health Embarks on System-Wide Initiative to Address Equity and Systemic Racism

RWJBarnabas Health, the largest academic health care system in New Jersey, has amplified its efforts to address equity and systemic racism to promote an antiracist culture throughout the organization and the communities it serves.  Ending Racism, Together focuses on creating racial, ethnic and cultural equity, prioritizing those communities that are most disenfranchised and experience poor health, and social, economic, and educational outcomes due to the…

Babyscripts Nabs $4M from Network of Health System investors

D.C. maternal health startup Babyscripts has raised millions of dollars in fresh funding from a group of health systems and organizations amid heightened demand fueled by a pandemic-era surge in telemedicine. The company, whose virtual obstetrics platform connects pregnant patients with their doctors, said Tuesday it has secured $4 million from what it’s calling its Strategic Partners Program. That network comprises existing…

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Awards Contract to Evofem Biosciences for Phexxi Contraceptive Gel

Evofem Biosciences has announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the Company a contract for the purchase of Phexxi for a five-year period beginning December 15, 2020. Saundra Pelletier, CEO of Evofem Biosciences, said, “This award is an important milestone in our ongoing effort to create the broadest access to Phexxi for all patients.  We have achieved coverage for 55% of…

Brewdog and Bloody Good Period Team up to Fight for Menstrual Equity

A new collab’s got us talking this weekend and it’s a bloody (pun intended!) delicious one as well! Bloody Good Period and BrewDog have teamed up to raise awareness for menstrual inequity by creating a Bloody Good Beer. All profits from sales of this exclusive New England IPO go directly to Bloody Good Period. Brewdog was founded back in 2007 by James…

US HHS Unveils Action Plan to Address Maternal Morbidity

Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In light of these statistics, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday morning an action plan to improve maternal health. The road map outlines three targets to achieve in the next five years:  To reduce the maternal mortality…

Twentyeight Health Will Join Healthify’s SDoH Network to Provide Low- and No-Cost Birth Control to People in Need

Healthify, a company that works with managed care organizations to integrate social determinants of health (SDoH) into the healthcare ecosystem, has announced that Twentyeight Health, a femtech startup that provides affordable and convenient reproductive and sexual care, is joining its network of community-based organizations working to address social needs and improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations. “We are very excited to be partnering with…

Menstrual Health Startup Vulvani Launches New Period-Themed Stock Photo Library

Menstrual Health startup Vulvani has recently launched a library of free stock photos all about period related themes. By making their image database available to other companies and individuals the Vulvani hopes to contribute to the destigmatization of periods. The pictures are under Creative common License and can be used free of charge. “We know how difficult it is to find good…

Everlywell Raises $175 Million to Expand Consumer Lab Testing and Digital Health Offerings

Everlywell today announced an oversubscribed Series D financing of $175 million. New investors participating in the round include funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, The Chernin Group (TCG), Foresite Capital, Greenspring Associates, Lux Capital, Morningside Ventures, and Portfolia, as well as existing investors Goodwater Capital, Highland Capital Partners, and Next Coast Ventures. This investment brings the total capital raised by the company to…