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How This Woman Is Helping To Bridge The Gap Between BIPOC Communities And Healthcare Communication

How This Woman Is Helping To Bridge The Gap Between BIPOC Communities And Healthcare Communication

8/5/2021 6:48:00 PM

How This Woman Is Helping To Bridge The Gap Between BIPOC Communities And Healthcare Communication

Growing up in the South Bronx, this founder felt surrounded by unequal treatment. She decided to try and change the system. Ivelyse Andino created Radical Health in 2016 to allow for conversations, now on an app, surrounding healthcare with the hopes of helping people of all backgrounds.

 in healthcare providers, and Radical Health’s mission addresses that disparity. As a b2b2c company based in New York City, Radical Health has made an average of $150,000 per year while suffering a slight loss in 2020 as it scrambled to go digital. It’s currently contracted with a number of companies and organizations including American Medical Association, New York City Department of Education and Albert Einstein College of Medicine among others to offer services to employees or end users as part of their outreach, with plans to expand to non-corporate users next year. Andino, passionate about impacting the discourse on healthcare fluency, started work at her dining room table and refused to give up. 

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Dr. Amrita Seehra, a family medicine physician at the Bronx Health Collective and a Radical Health board member views it as “supporting people to have agency in their healthcare.” Seehra helped review and approve common questions and responses during the app’s development and was involved during test runs to ensure AI and machine learning worked successfully. A physician on the board means a “medical lens is always present to help say, maybe we should frame that question differently,” she said. “We made sure to not have any questions or misleading responses that would diagnose,” she added. 

After college, Ivelyse Andino worked as a senior product manager at health tech startup Happtique, and then as a client engagement director for AppScript at . “In those moments I was often the only woman; I was often the only person of color; I was the youngest, and more than that I was creating technology that really never would reach communities like mine,” Andino said.  headtopics.com

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