Reconstruct Challenge: Maternal and Child Health
The Reconstruct Challenge is a platform that helps organizations who care about systemic issues find innovators that are working to solve them — innovators that might lack the right connections to make it possible.
This year, we are specifically targeting innovations that seek to improve maternal and child health.
Selected innovations will receive $100,000 to implement their solutions in the Louisville Region.
After an 18 month proof-of-concept phase, the 5 innovations will have a chance to apply for follow on capital based on their proof-of-concept outcomes. One of the 5 will receive $250,000 follow on.
Both for-profit and non-profit innovations are welcome to apply.
Application opens: June 6, 2023
Application closes: August 10th, 2023
Showcase event: September 19, 2023
Kentucky is one of the four worst states for maternal health based on mortality rate. Maternal health outcomes vary significantly across different populations, with marginalized and disadvantaged groups facing disproportionate challenges and barriers to accessing quality care. Although maternal mortality in Louisville is on the decline for white women, Black women are still dying at a rate 2.5 times that of white women.
Women from low-income households, rural communities, and ethnic minority groups are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and childbirth and have higher rates of maternal mortality and morbidity. This problem is further compounded by systemic inequalities and biases in the healthcare system, such as inadequate prenatal care, lack of culturally sensitive care, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, language, or immigration status. These issues create a significant barrier to accessing timely and appropriate care, leading to negative health outcomes and widening disparities.
Reconstruct Challenge: Maternal Health is seeking to find and fund innovations addressing maternal health in the Louisville region. This is an open call for solutions that address challenges related to maternal health. Some particular areas of interest include:
Disproportionate maternal mortality and morbidity rates among marginalized and disadvantaged populations.
Inadequate access to quality healthcare services for low-income households, rural communities, and ethnic minority groups.
Systemic inequalities and biases in the healthcare system, such as inadequate prenatal care, lack of culturally sensitive care, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, language, or immigration status.
Lack of comprehensive and integrated maternal health services that address the underlying social, economic, and cultural determinants of health.
Insufficient funding and resources to support maternal health programs and services.
Limited access to family planning services, education, and resources.
Insufficient support for maternal mental health, including postpartum depression and anxiety.
Limited availability of maternity care providers and facilities in underserved areas.
Lack of data on maternal health outcomes for marginalized populations.