Techquity for Health Coalition

Can Digital Health Be a Force for Good?

We believe the answer is a resounding "YES" and the Techquity for Health Coalition is leading the charge to make it a reality.

Here's how they're ensuring technology becomes a bridge, not a barrier, to better health for all:


Developing Best Practices

The Techquity for Health Coalition defines best practices for the design and distribution of digital health tools and programs that promote equity. They focus exclusively on the needs of underserved populations.


Elevating Awareness

Education is key. The Coalition raises awareness about the importance and urgency of addressing techquity within the healthcare sector, advocating for change and encouraging the development of inclusive technology solutions.


Industry Monitoring & Collaboration

Research and collaborations position the Coalition to share effective approaches, resources, industry-level changes and shifting perspectives on reducing health disparities and inequities through digital health.

5 Techquity Champions!

The Techquity for Health Coalition set out to identify innovative projects promoting health equity, and the response was overwhelming! Nearly 200 submissions poured in, showcasing a groundswell of change. From India to the US, providers, insurers, and passionate individuals are tackling healthcare disparities head-on. Dive deep with us as we explore 5 of these inspiring initiatives in a special podcast series.

Where Technology Meets Health Equity

Join us for a 5-part podcast series, brought to you by the HLTH Foundation, as we delve into the transformative work of the Techquity for Health Coalition's Case Study Award winners. These innovators are tackling some of healthcare's toughest challenges, from social determinants of health (SDOH) to communication barriers--by harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology to build a more equitable and accessible future.

Each episode follows a captivating format:

  • Opening Conversation: Joy Rios sits down with Janna Guinen, Executive Director of the HLTH Foundation, to explore the Techquity for Health Coalition's mission, the Case Study Competition's focus, the coalition's progress, and their vision for a healthier tomorrow.
  • In-Depth Interviews: Shifting gears, we dive into inspiring stories of resilience and ingenuity. Renowned members of the coalition committee interview each awardee, showcasing the power of tech to transform lives.

Get ready to be inspired and e
quipped with actionable insights. Tune in and discover how technology is shaping a brighter future of healthcare for all.


Can We Get Curious About:
Breast Cancer Education for Young Black Women

Young Black women face unique challenges when it comes to breast cancer. Disparities in access to information, higher risk factors, and later diagnoses all contribute to poorer health outcomes. But there's hope! Adira is finding ways to empower this community with the education and resources they deserve.

Shining a Light on Nia: As a starting point, let's celebrate Nia, an innovative program that leverages technology to educate young Black women about breast cancer. By using a conversational AI avatar, Nia personalizes education, dismantles myths, and builds confidence in self-advocacy.

In this episode, Andrea Werner, Chief Population Health Officer at Emplify Health by Bellin and Gundersen Health Systems, dives deep with Anna Kravets, AdirA's President and Co-Founder, to explore their award-winning initiative.


Can We Get Curious About:
Vision Loss from Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy, a preventable cause of vision loss, disproportionately impacts Indigenous communities. Limited access to specialists, geographical barriers, and historical trauma can all contribute to delayed screenings and treatment. This begs the question: how can we bridge this gap and ensure culturally sensitive, innovative solutions deliver sight-saving care to those who need it most?

Solution: Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) developed a program using AI-powered handheld cameras for DR screening in communities. They partnered with Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC) to ensure cultural safety and community engagement.

Tune in as Jay Calhoun, Managing Partner at Apis sits down with Josie McGee, VP Healthcare Innovation, and Caitlin Lazarus from Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada to unpack the impact of their groundbreaking project in this episode.


Can We Get Curious About:
Using Technology To Support Kūpuna (elders) in Hawaii's rural communities?

Scattered across the islands, many kūpuna face limited access to healthcare and social services. Traditional models often require long commutes, a hurdle for those with mobility limitations. This isolation not only diminishes their quality of life but can also lead to a decline in physical and mental health. Imagine innovative solutions that bridge this gap, bringing culturally sensitive care directly to kūpuna. Wouldn't it be empowering to see them thriving in their own communities, surrounded by familiar faces and traditions?

Solution: Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center understands the unique challenges kūpuna face, especially in accessing critical healthcare. Their initiative provides:

  • Digital devices & WiFi access: Ensuring technology isn't a barrier to telehealth and online resources.
  • Culturally relevant digital literacy programs: Empowering kūpuna to navigate the digital world with confidence.
  • Expanded telehealth capabilities: Bringing quality healthcare directly to the community!

This episode spotlights Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center's innovative solution for health equity. Join us a Chrissy Kuahine, Director of Clinical and Patient Informatics, shares their story with Michael Penn, Physician Advisor, Health Equity and innovation for the American Medical Association. 


Can We Get Curious About:
Silence that Isolates? 

Millions of people with disabilities, including those with MS, stroke, ALS, or spinal cord injuries, struggle to communicate due to paralysis or the inability to speak. Imagine the frustration of having thoughts and needs but lacking the tools to express them. Traditional AAC devices are often expensive and complex, creating a barrier to connection. This isolation can have a profound impact on mental and emotional well-being. There's a need for innovative solutions that empower individuals to bridge the communication gap and reclaim their voices.

Solution: Vocable AAC brings Communication Within Reach. Vocable AAC, a free app developed by WillowTree, offers a revolutionary solution. Imagine transforming subtle head movements into clear speech. Vocable leverages advanced technology to empower individuals to express themselves with ease. 

Here's what makes Vocable unique:

  • Affordable: Free to use, unlike expensive traditional AAC devices.
  • Accessible: Utilizes head tracking and AI for intuitive communication.
  • Effective: Transforms head movements into speech, fostering connection.

Vocable isn't just an app, it's a lifeline to the world. Learn more and see how it can break the silence of isolation.

In this episode, Tanisha Hill, Founder and President of the Digital Health for Equitable Health (DHEH) Alliance explores the powerful impact of WillowTree's project with Kylie Kalik, Product Lead Director and Rachel Starnes, Group VP, Design and Managing Director.


Can We Get Curious About:
The Hidden Factors Shaping Our Health?

Beyond medical history, where we live, our income, and even social connections can significantly impact our well-being. These are known as Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), and for many, they can create invisible barriers to staying healthy. Imagine a healthcare system that considers these factors alongside traditional medical data. Wouldn't it be empowering to have resources targeted to your specific needs, regardless of zip code or income level? Innovative approaches that integrate SDoH data hold the potential to revolutionize healthcare, leading to better outcomes and a more equitable system for all.

Solution: Elevance Health is redefining health with a whole-person view. They believe your zip code, income, and social connections can significantly impact your well-being. These are Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), and they often fly under the radar.

Elevance Health is breaking new ground by:

  • Unifying SDoH and clinical data: A powerful foundation for understanding your unique health needs.
  • Targeted interventions: Programs like doula services and home visits for at-risk families create a ripple effect of positive health outcomes.
  • Data visualization tools: "Close to Home," "Project Whole Health," and "Project Informed" empower informed decision-making for better care.

Elevance Health is building a future where healthcare looks beyond the doctor's office, addressing the whole person for a healthier tomorrow. Learn more and see how they're redefining health.

Techquity advisor, Luis Belen, CEO at National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, leads a thought-provoking discussion with Tracy Wang, Digital Solutions Director, Enterprise Data and Analytics, Carelon Digital Platforms, a Division of Elevance Health on their impactful initiative in this episode.