Policy

New Paper Provides Strategies for Making Health Care Environments More Inclusive for Sexual and Gender Minorities

A paper published today in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved provides detailed guidance for creating culturally responsive health care environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) people. Authored by leading educators and clinical experts on LGBTQIA+ health care from The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts…

Merck Announces the Second Cohort of Safer Childbirth Cities Organizations Committed to Improving Maternal Health Equity in the U.S.

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today its funding support of a second cohort of nine city-based projects across the country — expanding its Safer Childbirth Cities initiative to additional communities that have a high burden of maternal mortality and morbidity to help improve maternal health outcomes and reduce racial inequities in care. The newly selected projects…

“Can Femtech Help the NHS?”: A New Femtech TV Interview Series with DigitalHealth.London’s Jenny Thomas

Avid readers of our blog will have already noticed… Yes! We’re starting a video platform and are incredibly excited to introduce our first themed channel hosted by DigitalHealth.London‘s Jenny Thomas, who will sit down with experts from across the NHS and UK digital health ecosystem to explore the question “Can Femtech Help the NHS?”. For those who don’t know, the National Health Service (NHS)…

Decentralized Trials & Research Alliance (DTRA) Launches to Democratize and Accelerate Clinical Trials

A new global industry coalition, that aims to dramatically increase access for all patient populations in clinical trials and research was launched today. The alliance of life sciences and healthcare organizations seeks to accelerate the broad adoption of patient-focused, decentralized clinical trials and research. The Decentralized Trials & Research Alliance (DTRA) plans to unite stakeholders, including healthcare companies, regulators, patient groups and…

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…

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…

This is Not Allowed Showcases “Unacceptable” Content from Facebook & Co

We’ve talked about it many times on this blog before: The advertising and content moderation policies of some of the world’s most popular social networks clearly put femtech and sextech startups at a disadvantage, contribute to stigmatization, and make customer acquisition even harder for founders active in our space. Just a couple of days ago we talked about again after Aavia founder…