Health for America's Summer Program enabled three fellows to work with communities in five cities around the country to develop solutions for childhood asthma which affects 7 million children (almost 1 in 10) in the US.
Key highlights included:
- The Health DataPalooza, MedCity Engage and Southland conferences
- Meetings with startups, insurance companies and asthma practices in Louisville
- A workshop at IDEO on childhood asthma
- Visits to Oakland Chidren's and DC Children's hospitals
- A Lean Startup Machine workshop in New York
- Meetings with congressmen and senators
The result? Our amazing fellows working through this novel framework to:
- Organize #GamifyAsthma, a hackathon-style design challenge won by a team of ten year old girls who beat the adults in the competition.
- Produce a white paper outlining potential solutions
- Create an online community on health innovation
- Design a novel device to improve the delivery of asthma medicines and a strategy to raise awareness
The program was an incredible experience for the fellows and their impact demonstrates the power of Health for America's unique approach.