Health for America (HFA) at MedStar Health fellows are assigned individually to an “internal startup” working with the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), a new model effective as of September 2017. They split their time between serving ongoing needs for their assigned team, as well as completing the HFA curriculum in an effort to create a solution that improves outcomes in their domain. HFA’s curriculum focuses on four program pillars—health, design, entrepreneurship, and leadership—and is organized into three phases—exploration, ideation, and implementation. Physician, executive, clinical, and other expert mentors also guide the fellows through this work.
Additionally, the HFA program is supported by 1776, a public benefit corporation that empowers startup ecosystems around the world to solve complex challenges. 1776 provides fellows with educational and business opportunities, as well as mentorship and workspace.
HFA fellows traditionally spend the majority of their time working from MI2 or another MedStar facility, and at least 1-2 days each week working from 1776.
By giving fellows unique access to MedStar’s clinical environments, experts, and other benefits focused on “what’s next” in innovation, HFA mixes the best of theory and practice to help realize MI2’s foundational principle that for health care to be transformed, we must also look outside our own walls—and those of our traditional collaborators.