At Verizon, we forge innovative, technology-based partnerships to address disparities in healthcare, and improve quality and access for those disproportionately affected by chronic disease. We also support programs that focus on domestic violence prevention and victim relief.
We're working hard to bring these efforts into the mainstream and leverage what we do best, right here in the Bay State.
Massachusetts Resident Lillian O’Donnell Honored as HopeLine Hero
Verizon Wireless recently presented Massachusetts resident Lillian O’Donnell with a HopeLine Hero Award to recognize her dedication to eradicating domestic abuse within the local community. The HopeLine Hero Award honors members of the community who have gone above and beyond to support domestic violence awareness and prevention.
Lillian, a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Malden, says that the 2014 Lenten Season marks her 12th year collecting phones for the HopeLine from Verizon program within her parish. [ Read More ]
Powerful Answers Awards
On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the healthcare category.
The winners in the healthcare category address a variety of issues, including allowing healthcare providers to visualize the network of care around patients; how to identify and treat diseases early through a combination of big data, biotechnology and telemedicine; and a solution that monitors patients on the anticoagulation therapy warfarin. Other winners focus on how to address hearing loss in developing countries with better screening techniques and an app that does portable vision examinations in a low-cost, non-invasive manner. [ Learn More ]
Verizon Teams Up with New England Patriots to Promote Health and Wellness for Children
New England Patriots players teamed up with Verizon to visit students at the Elm Street School in Walpole, Mass to promote health and wellness as part of theNFL Play 60challenge. Verizon executive Allison Cole was joined by Patriots players Matthew Slater, Danny Amendola, Ryan Allen, Ryan Mallett, Devin McCourty, and Duron Harmon, and Patriots Charitable Foundation Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett. Patriots Chairman Robert Kraft also participated in the event.
The NFL Play 60 event was one of several sponsored by Verizon in partnership with the NFL. Similar events were held at NFL Play 60 Super Schools in Baltimore, New York, and Washington, D.C. The events, designed to help address childhood obesity, encourage youths to stay healthy by staying in school, eating right, and getting at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. Verizon and the Patriots presented a $10,000 youth health and wellness grant to the school. The schools were chosen based on wellness essays submitted by students. Some 3,200 schools registered for this year’s program, now in its fourth year.Click herefor a photo gallery of the event.
New England Domestic Violence Prevention Solutions Grant Program
In 2013, the Verizon Foundation is proud to recognize 42 nonprofits across New England with $335,000 in grants. The Verizon Foundation New England Domestic Violence Solutions Awards supports health and wellness of families affected by domestic violence; provides training to first responders/health care professionals to safely screen for domestic violence; engages men to take action to prevent domestic violence; educates teens on healthy relationships; and provides workforce development and entrepreneurship training for survivors.
Visually Impaired Students in Boston Test Innovative Technology
Trials of the Visus Visual Assist system took place in July with a group of middle-school aged students in a summer enrichment program at the world-renowned Carroll Center for the Blind, located just outside Boston, Mass. The solution, which was developed in collaboration with the Verizon Innovation Program, will allow blind and visually-impaired people to recognize faces, determine colors, and navigate their travel, all with the help of wireless technology. [ Learn More ]
Lauren Titus, Education/Outreach/Prevention coordinator at Independence House; Barnstable High School students Sarah Giannetti, Katherine Anzola, Erin O’Day and Scot Girvan; Donna Cupelo, Verizon New England; Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, executive director of Independence House; Senate President Therese Murray; Independence House Board President Lauren Kanzer and Board Vice President Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos.
Independence House received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support a teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship program for high school students on Cape Cod.
Independence House will use funds to expand the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Respectful Youth Relationships Program to educate some 60 students at Barnstable and Dennis-Yarmouth High Schools about dating violence while promoting healthy relationships.
YWCA of Greater Lawrence
The YWCA of Greater Lawrence received a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to help support domestic violence awareness programs for health care professionals and first responders.
L to R: Mary O’Brien of the YWCA and Verizon's Stephanie Lee
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
The Verizon Foundation gave $10,000 to support Boston Health Care for the Homeless' Family Behavioral Health Program.
Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities
Verizon's Center for Customers with Disabilities (VCCD) in Marlborough, fields over 350,000 calls per year and is staffed by service representatives who assist customers with vision, cognitive, mobility, speech or hearing disabilities and provide them with technology solutions that meet their individual needs.
Connecting with Customers In Unique Ways
How do you think you would communicate with Verizon customer service if you were deaf? For ten years, the Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities has offered a direct video phone line for the deaf community. [ Learn More ]
Helping Deaf Senior Citizens Stay Connected
Inside the doors the New England Homes for the Deaf, you can find some of the most caring and inspirational people you'll ever meet. It is the only facility in the Northeast that takes care senior citizens that are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing. Residents rely on video phones for staying connected with loved ones, and the caring staff utilizes video phone and Internet connected devices day and night.
Helping Katie Hear What She Can't See
Katie Crocker is legally blind, loves working on the radio, and has a passion for movies. Her solution is Descriptive Video Service (DVS) which Verizon introduced to FiOS TV in 2013. With DVS, the viewer hears a narrator describing key visual elements in a program -- actions, costumes, gestures, and scene changes -- verbally adding color, nuance and detail that a blind or visually impaired viewer would ordinarily miss. [ Learn More ]
Smart Vision Labs - Powerful Answers
Smart Vision Labs- The winner of the Pwowerful 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 Research to 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.
Verizon and Digital Health Care Solutions
Verizon technology is helping advance patient-centered health care by connecting applications, machines, information, patients and healthcare professionals in their own environments.