Verizon Foundationdefines "quality of life" in these terms - 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.
Find out more about what we're doing to reach these objectives and improve quality of life in Texas.
Featured Events, Grants and Videos
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.
Verizon, Houston Sheriff Department and Crime Stoppers Launch ‘Catch A Culprit’ Campaign
The Houston/Gulf Coast region kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month launching the ‘Catch A Culprit’ campaign with the Houston Sheriff Department and Crime Stoppers of Houston. Houston/Gulf Coast Region Director of Business Sales, Tyrone Rice, awarded Crime Stoppers a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation in support of the domestic violence fugitive apprehension program. Verizon’s grant will also enable Crime Stoppers to provide public awareness and education on domestic violence-related issues. [ Learn More ]
Verizon and the AHA's Dallas Heart Walk
Verizon employees, along with their families, friends and pets took part in the 20th Anniversary American Heart Association's Dallas Heart Walk, raising more than $20,000 - not including team matching funds - in support of heart disease research and education. Congratulations and THANKS to everyone who participated!
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 Research to test technology that makes it easier to improve healthcare for women and make sure technology reaches those who need it most.
Children’s Medical Center Gets a Powerful Answer
The Children's Medical Center in Dallas received an extra dose of technology support when it teamed up with Verizon Wireless, the Office of the National Coordinator and Microsoft HealthVault to launch the Portable Health Record Pilot. The program allows patients to receive all medical records and information on their smartphones and tablets. [ Learn More ]
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.