The Verizon Foundation is focused on bringing new solutions and social innovation to healthcare. We are infusing mobile technology into the patient care model, empowering patients to better understand and manage their chronic diseases. Our programs are tackling heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and respiratory conditions in underserved communities, providing them the tools they need to lead healthier lives.
Our work is done through strategic partnerships, through informed grant-making that represents an investment in results, and through the exceptional volunteer spirit of Verizon's employees. We're working hard to bring these efforts into the mainstream and leverage what we do best.
Featured Events and Grants
Texting Program Promotes Healthier Living Among Neglected Children
For Jasmin Alvarado, going to college full-time and holding down a part-time job, was constantly tired and would often get sick.
“It was my diet,” she says. “I was eating poorly and that was weakening my immune system.” How did she know her diet was the culprit? A text message told her. [ Learn More ]
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.
During October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Verizon Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to Rescue Mission Alliance in support of its Life Recovery Program. The organization, based in Oxnard, California, assists homeless women and children who experience intimate partner violence. Twenty-seven percent of the homeless population that the Rescue Mission serves has reported experiencing domestic violence. This particular program provides wrap-around services including mental health treatment, workforce training, and transitional housing placements. To learn more about the great work that they do in our community, please visit http://www.erescuemission.org/index.php/en/.
Mending the Smiles of Those Who Need it Most
An electronic medical records pilot project expands the reach of the Dental Clinic at MEND — Meet Each Need with Dignity — a volunteer dental clinic in the Northeast San Fernando Valley – with help from Verizon.
Innovative, Tech-Enabled Tuberculosis Treatment-Monitoring System Debuts in San Diego
The University of California, San Diego and the Verizon Foundation demonstrated a new therapy system designed to ensure that tuberculosis patients follow their treatment regimen. The program, Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT), enables patients to record their daily treatments on smartphones and send them to health departments, which can monitor them remotely. [ Learn More ]
La Maestra Community Health Centers
The Verizon Foundation is partnering with La Maestra Community Health Centersto accelerate new health care solutions focused on children to reduce healthcare disparities, improve access and quality of care, and empower patients in need with better chronic-disease management tools. Since last fall, thousands of local children and families have had access to quality medical and dental services, specialty care and health education at schools, housing complexes, community events and key shopping areas in their communities.
La Maestra Community Health Centers
La Maestra Community Health Centers is an organization that focuses on the well-being of low-income Hispanic immigrants. It's a great example of how an entrepreneurial vision, along with Verizon technology, can transform our community, make a difference, and pave the way to creating a better future! [ Learn More ]
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.
New Technology Eases Monitoring for Patients with Tuberculosis
A new mobile-health technology system called Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT) -- developed by Richard Garfein, PhD, and researchers at the School of Medicine and Qualcomm Institute/Calit2 at UC San Diego -- provides a less-intrusive treatment program for patients with tuberculosis (TB) to help ensure medical adherence. The program is funded in part by the Verizon Foundation.