Maven, the 24/7 virtual clinic for women’s and family health, offers continuous, holistic care for fertility, pregnancy and parenting supported by providers from 30+ specialties. Since its founding in 2014, the company has raised more than $200M in venture funding.

In order to further develop its care model Maven has now announced two new programs with the goal to bring clinical innovation and research into the company:

  • Maven’s Visiting Scientist Program
  • Maven’s Digital Innovation Fellowship

The Visiting Scientist Program

The first Visiting Scientist to join Maven is Dr. Alex Peahl, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor and physician-investigator in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. A nationally recognized expert on prenatal care redesign and innovation, Dr. Peahl’s research focuses on how to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of reproductive health care through developing, studying and disseminating high-quality maternity care interventions. Dr. Peahl has led some of the most influential research on redesigning prenatal care, including a recent study of the impact of COVID-19 on the evolution of prenatal care delivery guidelines in the United States. 

As Maven’s first Visiting Scientist, Dr. Peahl will provide strategic input on Maven’s care design, including how Maven’s care model can work in tandem with evolving in-person care and health plan care management to optimize patient experience and clinical outcomes. Dr. Peahl will also help shape Maven’s clinical research roadmap, and support multiple clinical programs that help drive outcomes for members with specific conditions and risks.

Sounds like the new Visiting Scientist role resembles that of an “External Chief Science Officer”, right?

The Digital Innovation Fellowship

Maven has also announced the launch of the Maven Digital Innovation Fellowship for graduate students in the clinical professions, and welcomed Ayotomiwa Ojo, MD/MPP candidate at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as the first Digital Innovation Fellow. In close collaboration with Dr. Peahl, Ojo will help advance Maven’s clinical strategy and research, and inform how Maven will leverage its care model to support vulnerable populations.

On the Record

Maven’s first Visiting Scientist Dr. Alex Peahl: “Through my clinical practice and research I have seen how our current one-size-fits-all prenatal care model fails to address patients’ medical and support needs, as well as their preferences. I have found that right-sizing prenatal care is critical to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of prenatal care for all patients, particularly for those facing the greatest barriers to care. As a Visiting Scientist, I am excited to share my insights with Maven and collaborate with its clinical team to further advance the company’s care model, designing and studying new high-value, patient-centered approaches to maternity care delivery.”

Maven’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Neel Shah: “Women and families deserve a higher standard of care than they are receiving. Reimagining the maternal health system will require translating leading-edge science from the world’s top universities to the front lines of care. Dr. Peahl and Ms. Ojo are among the most gifted clinical innovators I’ve ever collaborated with. With their collective insight, Maven is poised to fulfill our ambition to ensure every person can choose to grow their family with dignity.”

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