WHY DID YOU CREATE HIHH?
Imagine constantly being bombarded with statistics and headlines that say people who look like you are more likely to die from a preventable disease, only to realize that there isn’t an easily accessible and dedicated source for health information and resources that center people who look like you and share your experiences. Well, that’s the unfortunate reality for Black women. So I launched Health In Her HUE in 2018 to fill that gap. Since then, my team and I have been building on our mission to leverage the power of tech and media to advance Black women's health.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES HIHH DO?
We're building a digital and IRL platform to connect Black women to the healthcare providers, services and resources that are committed to their health and well-being. Our platform connects Black women to Black healthcare providers, and offers health information and content that centers Black women's lived experiences.
We even got a shout out from SERENA WILLIAMS in VOGUE!
WHAT ARE YOU RASING FUNDS FOR?
In 2020 we are going to ramp up our content creation and we'll need to invest in the technology required to build our web and mobile platform. These funds will also allow us to produce higher quality digital content. Here's what we're building:
- A searchable database of Black doctors & healthcare professionals by specialty, region and accepted insurance (think ZocDoc but with Black doctors, therapists, midwives, and doulas... here's a demo of our prototype!
- Access to credible written & video content on various health topics and issues that center the experiences of Black women
- A community of Black patients and Black healthcare professionals that you can connect with to discuss health topics, health concerns, & build patient support groups
- Virtual visits with Black healthcare providers & on-demand answers to your health questions
- Access to information about clinical trials & research studies that may be of interest to you
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Studies have shown that when patients see providers with whom they feel most comfortable, they have better health outcomes. Knowing this anecdotally and from research, we recognize that there is a need and a demand for Black women to easily find and connect with providers who look like them.
We also want to create content that provides health information in a way that is relatable and engaging to Black women. It’s important for us to get information from people whom we trust, and who understand the experiences that impact our health and well-being. We need to reclaim the narrative about our own health and we deserve to have a platform where we can have those conversations in real, and honest ways with experts that reflect us and our lived experiences.
WHAT WILL YOUR CONTENT LOOK LIKE?
Here’s an example of a project we did in partnership with WomanlyMagazine. The objective was to highlight the experiences of Black mothers. We want to do more original content on our own, with doctors, patients, researchers, and healthcare executives. And we want to create this content in even better quality!
Here's an example of what we've done.
Here's the level of quality we're trying to get to.