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October 30, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | RTI Rarity tool now available

Florida and Georgia rank at the top of new list of the most entrepreneurial states in the country.

From Research Triangle Park, NC:

Public health officials at the federal and state levels have called for a better way to measure, predict, and adjust for social factors in health care and population health.

In response to that need, the Research Triangle Institute, better known as RTI International, has announced that its RTI RarityTM tool is now available for the public to access. It takes an “artificially intelligent” approach to inform decisions concerning community-level social, behavioral, environmental, and economic factors for quality health care. By curating a national database of more than 200 area-level social determinants of health (SDoH) measures within 10 domains at the Census tract, ZIP code, and county levels across the U.S., the RTI Rarity tool provides high-resolution insights into factors that strongly influence health outcomes.

More information and a link to accessing the database can be found here.

From Birmingham, AL:

An idea born in Texas when a family member was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes evolved into a healthtech start-up that now calls the Magic City home, and it is all because of an accelerator program.

Greens began as a texting service and app focused on diabetic teenagers from vulnerable populations, offering culturally focused meal plans to help make it easier to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Founded in Houston by Kehlin Swain, Isis Ashford, and Dr. Jaylen James, the company first came to Birmingham to complete Prosper’s 12-week HealthTech Accelerator. The founders made the decision to relocate Greens after completing the program, believing Birmingham to be an ideal location to continue accelerating their success.

Click here to learn more.

From Wilmington, NC:

Here’s an interesting statistic for readers. More than 127 million people, 40 percent of the population, live in America’s coastal communities where rising seas and more frequent, intense coastal storms are challenging convention.

In response to that fact, there’s a growing workforce of entrepreneurs tapping into what proponents and practitioners call the blue economy, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is right in the mix. Since 2020, CIE has been ramping up a program to promote blue economic-driven initiatives.

In 2022, the Center served 236 entrepreneurs, who, in turn, created 50 jobs and raised $25 million.

Click here to learn more about the program.

From Gainesville, GA:

Dialyze Direct, described as the nation’s leading provider of home dialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNF), and Northeast Georgia Health Ventures (NGHV), a part of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), have announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to bring Dialyze Direct’s unique model of dialysis care to SNF patients in the State of Georgia.

As part of the strategic partnership, NGHV will help enable Dialyze Direct’s and NGHS’s care coordination, which seeks to promote patient access to care throughout NGHS’s extensive hospital and SNF network in Georgia.

Click here to learn more.

From Two Southeast States:

Florida and Georgia rank at the top of a new list of the most entrepreneurial states in the country. That’s according to a new list from The Digital Project Manager that analyzed eight indicators for how entrepreneurial a state is, including: (1) percentage of the population that starts a new business; (2) percentage of start-ups still active after one year; (3) number of small businesses per 100,000 people; and (4) growth rate of business applications.

From Tampa, FL:

The 2024 “Synapse Summit” will be held February 28 at the Amalie Arena. The one-day event is described as the place “where enterprise leaders, entrepreneurs, and early stage investors from across Florida join forces to ConnectCatalyze, and Create!” Registration is now open at this link.


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