The Verizon Foundationdefines "quality of life" in these terms: The ability to live a life free from domestic violence, to have access to the health information and services you need when you need them and to live as an independent and productive member of your community.
We invest in projects that provide technology to help underserved populations and people with disabilities access information on critical health issues. We also support innovative technology that helps healthcare providers increase their efficiency, effectiveness and reach.
Featured Events & Grants
Verizon Powerful Answers Awards - Healthcare
On February 3, 2015, three great ideas in education were named Verizon Powerful Answers Award winners. After a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world, the three winning projects are:
ORGANIZE ($1 Million Winner) - Organ donation simplified is the mantra for this NYC company. More than 120,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ donation. According to ORGANIZE, that translates to $42 billion in annual dialysis cost, which is expected to quadruple by 2030. ORGANIZE is creating a donation system fit for the 21st Century, through increased points of entry and a coordinated approach to registration for a more modern U.S. organ donation program.
Aldatu Biosciences ($250,000 Winner) - Changing infectious disease treatment through innovative diagnostic solutions for people with HIV.
Talkitt ($250,000 Winner) - Developed a voice-to-voice application that translates distorted pronunciation to understandable speech, filling a gap for the 1.5% of the population affected by speech and motor disabilities.
Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
The Verizon Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind; Pasco, Hernando and Citrus (Port Richey, FL). The Lighthouse provides vision habilitation, vision rehabilitation and adjustment to blindness services to people of all ages who have experienced vision impairment. Funding will provide services to visually impaired or blind persons between 14 and 30 years of age to help them acquire the skills needed to transition into adulthood, including employment, independent living, and vocational school/college. To learn more about the great work that they do, please visit http://www1.lvib.org/.
American Heart Association Tampa Bay Heart Walk
The FiOS Florida team was proud to support American Heart Association-Tampa Bay and the TBHeartWalk in the fight against disease and stroke. Community members raised more than $3.1 million dollars and 35,000 people came out to walk. Thanks to all who participated!
Verizon presented a $15,000 foundation grant to Tampa-based REACHUP, Inc. REACHUP’s mission is to advocate for and mobilize resources to help communities achieve equality in healthcare and positive health for families. Funding will support the Kinship Caregivers program, where a health Benefits Specialist works exclusively with Kinship Caregivers, often senior grandmothers, who routinely neglect their own health in favor of taking care of the children placed in their home. Some of the health issues addressed include: obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mental health conditions. Debby Kampert presented the check on Verizon’s behalf at the Children’s Board annual Grandparents Appreciation breakfast.
Verizon Presents $10,000 Grant to the Judeo Christian Health Clinic
The Verizon Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to the Judeo Christian Health Clinic on September 11th, 2014, in Tampa. The grant will provide support for the Clinic’s efforts to provide free healthcare across a variety of specialty care services that seek to meet the needs of the community’s population that works regularly but whose income still falls between 100 to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. This includes medical supplies, pharmaceuticals for patient prescriptions, dental and vision care.
Pictured (L to R): Kelly Bell, Execuitve Director - Judeo Christian Clinic); Debby Kampert, Verizon State Government Affairs; and State Representative Janet Cruz.
Verizon Presents $5,000 Grant to The Angelus
The Verizon Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to The Angelus, Inc., (Hudson, FL), a home for severely handicapped persons who are not able to care for themselves. All of the residents and students have cerebral palsy and all use wheelchairs. Funding will support the start-up of a pool program giving residents the opportunity to learn how to improve their health by the use of their existing heated swimming pool.
Pictured (L to R): Joe Neri, Executive Director - The Angelus, Inc.; Debby Kampert, Verizon State Government Affairs; and State Senator Wilton Simpson.
Smart Vision Labs - Powerful Answers
Smart Vision Labs- The winner of the Powerful Answers Awards top prize in the healthcare category, Smart Vision Labs developed a portable vision examination device that, with a single snapshot, measures refractive errors of the eye and generates prescriptions – all without patient interaction. The pocket-sized and low cost Smart Aberrometer uses a smartphone’s flashlight and camera, combined with an add-on microlens array, to improve the way people get their vision evaluated.
Converged Health Management
Verizon is addressing yet another critical issue faced by the U.S. healthcare system, with Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage their health in between doctor visits. [ Learn More ]
Using Technology to Improve Healthcare for Women
The Verizon Foundation has partnered with the Society for Women's Health Researchto test technology that makes it easier to improve healthcare for women and make sure technology reaches those who need it most.
Providing Strong Solutions in Health Care
With Americans spending more than $2.6 trillion on health care each year, and with many in rural and urban areas finding it difficult to access quality health care, the Verizon Foundation believes next-generation technologies - put in the hands of innovative partners - can help address these challenges.