Meet the 2022 Cohort
The inaugural cohort of the Community Health Incubator blends innovation and entrepreneurship of VOA Affiliates and mission-aligned Startup Founders.
August 2022 Incubator Showcase
It’s time to meet the Inaugural 2022 Cohort!
Join us on August 23rd from 1:30pm-3pm (EST) for our Community Health Showcase of Innovation!
3 VOA Affiliates focused on healthy food, hydroponic farming and medical respite
3 Enterprise-Ready Startups solving for healthcare access, adverse childhood experiences, and unclaimed tax benefits
You'll hear the stories directly from the founders, and the opportunities for collaborations and investments.
Read below to learn about the teams and their business concepts before the Showcase!
Hamilton Health Box
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Growth Officer
Concept: Telemedicine-enabled advanced primary care. The lowest cost in person care.
Description: Hamilton Health Box is looking to solve the challenge of healthcare access across rural America. Their hybrid telemedicine enabled primary care clinics are optimized for small footprints and isolated locations, meaning that people can now access in-person care, no matter where you live. The Hamilton Health Box telemedicine enables clinics to allow for the lowest-possible cost delivery of in-person or virtual care, allowing for visits, labs and blood-draws and more leading to improved outcomes and savings for patients and payors.
- Saved a Houston-based company $500k in healthcare cost in a year by setting up an on-site clinic
- 37% increase in preventative physicals
Let’s Get Set
President and Founder
Founding Product Designer
Concept: Fintech guiding hardworking families on paths to financial security
Description: Let’s Get Set empowers the 90M families making less than $40k on paths to financial health, starting with tax-time. Their mobile-first app and text line support new parents end-to-end through tax time to secure and deploy tax credits ($12B of which they miss each year). Their product help parents access $8,500 in tax credits on average through our tailored tools, and reach new parents largely through partnerships with home visiting organizations supporting Medicaid-eligible communities.
- Helped families unlock $4.2M in tax credits and save the $300 they would pay on average to get their taxes completed.
- Product users are 95% women, 70% women of color, 80% first-time moms, and 15% first-time tax filers.
Lifting Up LLC
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Concept: Using technology to better connect people with the resources they need.
Description: Lifting Up LLC’s purpose is to lift up children, families, and communities by connecting the dots around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Their tool SmartServices Alerts opens communication channels from first responders to schools to give them a heads up if any child is impacted by a traumatic event. The Alerts help schools to provide resources and supports for children as early as possible in order to build their resiliency and prevent the potential negative consequences of ACEs, including increased risk of some of the leading causes of death in the United States.
- Established relationship with the Peoria Public School District
- Counselors are reporting early connections with students who have recent trauma and providing them with resources
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Director, Neighborhood & Community Impact
Concept: Recipe Box
Description: VOA Illinois’ goal is to improve access to healthy food options and reducing hunger by developing Recipe Box, which is similar to the Blue Apron concept. Leveraging an existing community gardening initiative, these boxes will be available through subscription or an individual box. By purchasing one box, another will be donated to a local family or person in need.
Director of Community Health & Equity
Concept: Addressing Food Insecurity in West Louisville through Community Gardens
Description: VOA Mid-States will address food insecurities and its impact on public health by developing enterprising community gardens in Louisville’s West End to provide fresh produce and reduce food waste. Volunteer community gardeners will receive a portion of their produce sales as income, with the additional funds going into a community fund that will be made available to VOA’s Community Health Workers for client resources.
VOA Southeast Louisiana
Director for Louisiana Family Recovery Services, Supportive Services
Senior Service Coordinator
Concept: Community CAN Medical Respite Program
Description: Community CAN (Connect, Assess and Navigate) is a transformative Medical Respite program designed to ensure health equity for persons experiencing homelessness while stabilizing their physical and mental health conditions. Community CAN will Connect with residents upon discharge from the hospital and emergency rooms, Assess their Medical and housing needs, and Navigate their housing placement and stabilization.
VOA Upstate New York
President and CEO
Jordynn Barnhart Sullivan
Director of Communications & Special Events
Concept: Growing Green
Description: The Hydroponic farm will help to address the city’s food desert problem which has contributed to the overall poor health of individuals living in poverty in the City of Rochester. It will also provide training and job opportunities, as well as serve as an educational facility for local schools including the city campus of the community college and VOA’s own pre-K/Head Start Programs.
Become a Mentor
As a mentor, our participants will learn from your professional experience and guidance to fine-tune their business concepts that address social determinants of health. Effective mentors ask probing questions and provide feedback that help founder teams better understand their customers, markets and business models. Some of the best coaches are not necessarily experts in specific industries, but rather seasoned professionals with inquisitive minds.
By being a mentor, you may provide the following support:
Time commitment is between 1-2 hours consisting of 2-4 meetings (30 minutes per meeting). You may also choose to engage with the team after initial engagement.
- For More Information, Contact Tiffany Gathers, Senior Manager, Social Impact Development
- Phone: 703-341-5000