LGBTQ+ Healthcare: Contending with a Spectrum of Needs, Challenges, and Supports

We sat down with Giacomo “Jack” DeChellis of Beaumont Health to ask him about his experience with the healthcare system as an administrative employee, as the founder of a thriving and innovative LGBTQ+ employee resource group, as an activist with the Human Rights Campaign, and as an aging gay man. His perspective and personal experience focus the spotlight on how health systems’ struggles with communication and a lack of modern, consistent physician training are impacting quality of care. Read on.

MedHealth Welcomes Sukhi Ajimal and Demi Wang

There are two new faces on the MedHealth team!

Research expert Sukhi Ajimal is offering one-on-one counsel to healthcare entrepreneurs in our network. He has extensive experience organizing clinical research studies, performing study enrollments, and managing research teams. Sukhi is available to meet with innovators interested in pursuing clinical research trials, as well as connect them to other research experts and clinicians in southeast Michigan. Sukhi is finishing his third year of medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Learn more about Sukhi or schedule a meeting with him.

Demi Wang is joining us for a summer internship. She is an incoming senior at Duke University and is pursuing degrees in biology, global health, and chemistry, along with a certificate in Markets and Management. Demi is passionate about healthcare and is interested in using innovation and technology to mitigate the inequities in healthcare systems around the world. During her internship, she hopes to increase the quality and accessibility of care as part of her work on a research guide that MedHealth will use to better direct med-tech companies to the right resources.

Events and Opportunities

ASPIRE Medtech Fall 2022 Program

ASPIRE is a five-week intensive program that advises and prepares startups to launch their business ventures. Startups can work one on one with mentors, spend time with investors, vet their fundraising strategies, stress test their startups, and more! Learn about the program and application guidelines.

Flint Business Accelerator to Host Two Free Programs for Local Entrepreneurs

XLerateHealth will be hosting two free programs for Flint, Michigan, entrepreneurs. One program is designed to support idea-stage entrepreneurs in any field, and the other is a bootcamp to help healthcare and life science innovators commercialize their business and secure funding. Learn more and register.

Comcast RISE Awards Black-owned Business: American Advantage Home Care

Congratulations to Dr. Cleamon Moorer, Jr.—a TechTown Tech-based Services alumnus—and American Advantage Home Care on receiving a Comcast RISE award! Learn more.

MedTech Crossroads Webinar

Join in2being for a webinar series that discusses processes that reduce risk and forge a path ahead for companies developing, clearing, and marketing medical devices. Learn more and register.

Wareologie Information

Wareologie, a new Michigan-based company, sells products that support people with aging in place as well as individuals with disabilities. They’re looking to connect with nursing teams and lead physical therapists at local VA hospitals. Learn more.

MI-HIMSS Building Bridges to Better Health 2022 Fall Conference

The Michigan Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is dedicated to improving information systems management in Michigan’s healthcare institutions. They are hosting a fall conference on Mackinac Island later this year. Learn more and register.

MIDAS Data Science Bootcamp for Biomedical Scientists

The Michigan Institute for Data Science at the University of Michigan is offering a bootcamp for biomedical scientists that will help participants determine what science/artificial intelligence techniques are appropriate in their work and how to apply them to their own clinical and/or research activities. Learn more and register.

Medical Entrepreneur Speaker Series

The Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is hosting a series that focuses on emerging technologies in the medical field. Doctors, students, researchers, and entrepreneurs can explore cutting-edge innovations coming to the healthcare market. Learn more and register.

Students Needed to Help with City of Detroit Census Data

The University of Michigan and the City of Detroit are looking for a geospatial analyst to support the city’s appeal of the 2020 Census undercount by the U.S. Census Bureau. Several applicants with experience working with geospatial data, SQL, and/or Python are needed to support this work. Learn more and apply.

HLTH 2022 Las Vegas Conference

Together.Health is hosting their HLTH conference in Las Vegas this fall. The four-day event will bring together individuals from the entire health field to learn about innovation in the healthcare industry. We have a discount code available for this event; contact for details. Learn more and register.