2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Minorities & Health Tech: A How to Workshop

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ATTENTION: You must signup in advance to attend this workshop. You will need to have a valid SXSW badge, and an activated SXsocial account. To reserve your seat, please go here: https://sup.sxsw.com/schedule/IAP25525

This two and a half hour long workshop will discuss needs and opportunities for people of color and others to use their experience, skills & resources to build sustainable health tech solutions targeting communities of color. Part 1 will explain the need for health tech that consciously includes underrepresented groups in the design and implementation process, as well as a discussion of why minority developers are uniquely suited to lead innovations for the urban community. Part 2 will give practical how-to guidance on getting started & partnering with health care institutions.

The workshop will focus on specific takeaway areas for each participant to learn from. Part 1 of the workshop will provide information on current technology, social media uses and consumption behavior by communities of color and provide use cases on how this information may be applied to health tech innovation development.

Part 1 of the workshop will also showcase overview data on health disparities currently affecting communities of color and present a business case for developing health tech innovations for this population.

Part 2 of the workshop will identify unique aspects of the health care innovation community (i.e. patients, communities, health care providers, health systems, insurers, pharmaceutical, biotech, academic institutions and government) and provide key resources for mentorship, collaboration and potential funding opportunities.

- A cursory understanding of how technology has been useful for improving our health (e.g. mobile health apps).

What to Bring:
- Business cards for networking and anything to take notes on (pen/notebook, tablet).



Alisa Hughley


enBloom Media LLC

Alisa Hughley, MPH has worked with healthcare systems from Maryland to New York, assessing community health needs, developing strategic plans, and building corporate capacity in outreach and communication. She designed and implemented one initiative for a partnership between a non-profit and the HHS Office of Women’s Health that won a North Atlantic Region Community Collaborative Award. Before this, she created the Healthy Families Program for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national health communication campaign for Federal Health Benefit plan members. Hughley has served as an Adjunct Instructor in Health Care Ethics at Howard University College of Medicine teaching students across all the health science disciplines. Currently, she assists companies engage real and virtual communities around end-of-life issues by facilitating Death Cafe DC. Through her work as a co-moderator for the Health Communications, Health Literacy and Social Sciences (#HCHLITSS) tweet chat, she explores the impact of health information technology on patients. She actively adopts new technologies that enhance engagement, improve health literacy and mitigate the impact of health disparities. This led to her selection as a FrontLine Scholar delegate to TEDMED in 2012. In 2013, she served as a member of the selection committee for Health Datapalooza IV, a Health Data Consortium event.


Damon Davis

Dir, Health Data Initiative

US Department Of Health & Human Services

Damon Davis serves as Director for the Health Data Initiative in the office of the Chief Technology Officer in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. He is responsible for leading the Department’s efforts to promote the Health Data Initiative, a movement devoted to implementing policies directed at improving access to federal data resources, and promoting the expanded uses of the data for applications and services to promote innovative solutions to problems in health, health care, and the delivery of human services.


Ivor Horn

Children's National Medical Center

Ivor B. Horn, MD, MPH is a physician, thought leader and health services researcher with a passion for technology, innovation and the underserved. Dr. Horn has two decades of clinical and research experience focused on health care communication, child health disparities, and community-based primary and preventive pediatric health care within urban and at-risk communities. Dr. Horn is a thought-leader on the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile technology (mHealth) and social media. She speaks and presents at technology and innovation conferences and is broadly published in peer-reviewed journals such as Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics and the Journal of Pediatrics.

In addition to her academic and clinical work, she is a featured medical expert. She has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America Health and several local media outlets. She has contributed to Parenting Magazine and the Discovery Channel and is a contributing author to the award-winning parenting blog, MyBrownBaby.com.



Kimberly Bryant


Black Girls CODE

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Ms. Bryant's has enjoyed a very successful 20+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011 Ms. Bryant has helped Black Girl CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international non-profit organization with chapters in 7 US cities and Johannesburg, South Africa serving over 2000 African/African-American, Latina, and Native American girls. Ms. Bryant serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. In August 2012, Kimberly Bryant was also given the honor of receiving the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. In 2013 Black Girls Code and was selected by Business Insider in 2013 on its list of BusinessInsider.com’s list of The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology and was named to The Root 100 list, and the Ebony Power 100 list in 2013. Ms. Bryant was honored in 2013 as a Champion of Change by the White House for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls. She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and others.

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