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This year’s Health for America fellows will be working out of 1776

They'll learn about type 2 diabetes, and build a viable business model to tackle the growing problem.

The new HFA fellows: May Paquete, Jake Vildibill, Amanda Newman, Dan Hoff. (Courtesy photo)

This September, four Health for America fellows will be honing their entrepreneurship skills at 1776 to solve a systemic challenge related to treating diabetes.
They will be required to learn about type 2 diabetes at the D.C.-based MedStar Diabetes Institute while also attending classes at 1776. Together, the fellows will then develop a solution to make type 2 diabetes treatment and patient care more efficient.
The program, sponsored by MedStar Health, a big healthcare organization in the D.C.-Baltimore area (and a founding partner of 1776), is in its third year. Last year’s program was based in Wilmington, Del., where the four HFA fellows there launched a startup called Meerkat Health. Our sister site, Delaware, recently reported that two of Meerkat’s founders are moving to D.C. to support Health for America, breaking the news that 1776 would host the program.
The four incoming fellows were announced this week. They are Dan Hoff, local comunity organizer Amanda Newman, health policy researcher May Paquete and recent biomedical engineer grad Jake Vildibill.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Health for America and MedStar because this fellowship is an important step toward enabling startups to continue disrupting and driving innovation in health care delivery — ultimately providing better outcomes for patients and providers,” 1776 cofounder Donna Harris said in a press release.

Companies: Health for America / 76 Forward

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