These inclusive businesses are changing the way the healthcare system treats BIPOC patients
The National Library of Medicine defines health inequality as the sum of social, economic, environmental, and structural disparities that have contributed to intergroup differences in health outcomes both within and between societies.
Simply put, years of unfair societal treatment of underserved communities have resulted in poor health care.
Fortunately, a new generation of black founders have taken notice and are working to improve the way BIPOC communicates and is treated by doctors. Here’s a roundup of black-owned businesses empowering patients to take charge of their health.
Founded in 2020 with the goal of improving pediatric care and maternal health outcomes for BIPOC women, Cayaba Care says its goal is to close the maternal health gap for the more than 60,000 American women who are affected by severe maternal morbidity. To date, they have raised over $15 million from their institutional backers (Digitalis Ventures, SteelSky Ventures, Flare Capital). The funding will allow them to expand its multidisciplinary home care team and provide holistic pregnancy care.
It can be difficult to come and go from medical providers as a patient in need of constant treatment, especially if you live in an underserved community. MedHaul, a deeply discounted medical transportation company, understands this and aims to provide a much-needed solution.
According to their website, the Memphis-based company was launched after its founder Erica Plybeah said she was struggling to find transportation for her grandmother, who is an amputee.
“I wanted to find a way to have a positive impact on patients and healthcare providers who are [now] my clients,” Plybeah told Essence.
She plans to expand the company’s reach nationwide.
Chicago-based Clinify Health works with community health centers and independent clinics in underserved communities, per NPR. The company looks at medical and social data to connect doctors with their most at-risk patients who haven’t come in for a checkup in a long time.
“You can think of Clinify Health as a company that does triage outside of the emergency room,” Pelzer told NPR.