ADDRESSING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH: PART 2 – MATERNAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND THE IMPACT ON FAMILIES

In my last blog, I talked about how an individual’s ability to access food, housing and transportation can profoundly impact their health and wellbeing. These social determinants of health—the societal and economic circumstances that influence one’s health throughout the lifespan—greatly affect behavioral health outcomes as well. Moms Are Especially Vulnerable Maternal behavioral health disorders, particularly […]

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Part 1 – Missed Connections

In 2009, I was running focus groups with low-income mothers in Massachusetts. They were participants in the state’s WIC nutrition program and I was hoping to better understand their needs and barriers to accessing care. The word that kept coming up was “transportation,” or rather, the lack thereof in their communities. These mothers were missing […]

High-Value Health Innovation for the Low Income: Rock Health Summit

Wildflower recently had the privilege of participating in the 2018 Rock Health Summit. Our session focused on high-value health innovation for the low income.   We explored how startups looking to make a positive societal impact are increasingly meeting the unique needs of underserved populations. The panel discussed how entrepreneurs and investors are entering the […]

How the Mom Movement Will Heal Healthcare

Healthcare, we have a problem. And the solution is something we call “The Mom Movement.” Average medical costs for a family of four have increased every year since 2013, and there’s no end in sight. Costs continue to shift to consumers, but most individuals don’t have the tools and information they need to make intelligent […]

Girls AND Geeks: Why We Desperately Need More Women in Software

By Keith Jaeger, Chief Technology Officer, Wildflower Health I’ve been building software for startups for a long time. In fact, most people I work with these days wonder if I rode to school on a horse.  A lot has changed between then and now. Some of those changes are positive, while others have me very […]

Childhood Resilience: Mobile Tools Can Help Parents Foster Emotional Health

By Nancy Roberts, Lead Content Manager We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the importance of resilience – the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or adapt to serious hardship. Studies have shown that resilience is a key driver in the emotional – and often, physical – health of both children and adults. (Children, July 2018) But […]

Early Returns – Using Mobile to Drive Healthy Starts, Fewer High-Risk Pregnancies

Maternal mortality fell by almost half in developing countries between 1990 and 2015 (UNICEF), but doubled in the United States during the same time frame. That means at least two women die in the U.S. during childbirth every day. And it’s not just deaths that are on the rise. So are “near deaths” at 60,000 […]

A Six-Year Flash: Insights and Reflections from the First Day of Kindergarten

By Leah Sparks, CEO, Wildflower Health Last week, my older son Luke started kindergarten. He gripped my hand as my husband and I walked him to his first day of school. Quietly, he told us that he was “a little nervous.” But his fears melted away fairly quickly as he entered a bright classroom, filled […]

Offering a Single Source of Truth – The Greatest Unmet Expectation of Expectant Moms

By Hannelore Buckenmeyer I spend most of my professional time identifying big, important and underlying needs and working to develop scalable, long-term solutions. To do my job well, I have to listen, set my biases aside and resist the urge the make assumptions. All that being said, I’m a skeptic by nature.  When I first heard […]

BREAKING DOWN THE SILOS OF HEALTHCARE

Healthcare technology has come a long way in recent years. From virtual and augmented reality tools for non-invasive medical training, to systems that keep a human heart beating while awaiting transplant, to the effective use of electronic medical records, we’ve seen some impressive advances in the way we deliver care. For most consumers, however, the […]