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2016-2017 Health for America Fellowship

2016-2017 fellows and mentors


Stroke is a disease and type of brain injury resulting from an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the top preventable cause of disability, according to the "2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update" released by the American Heart Association and other sources.


Stroke has prevention, detection, and rehabilitation components, and ties to issues of aging, mobility, and mental health. The 2016-17 HFA fellows began the program in mid-September, focusing on the full continuum of stroke care, including before, during, and after stroke. As a result of a unique program pivot, the 2016-17 fellows piloted two solutions in their implementation phase. See below for executive summaries of Galva, the fellows' solution to better support the hospital-to-home transition for stroke survivors and caregivers, and KnightCap, a smart sleep mask that monitors for wake-up stroke. (Note: These represent past MedStar pilots vs. current offerings.)



Fellowship Highlights

  • Attending MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) Innovations Forum, Connected Health Conference, Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, Lean Startup Week, South by Southwest Interactive, International Stroke Conference, and more.
  • Conducting a series of stroke simulations to better understand and empathize with stroke prevention, detection, treatment, and rehabilitation.
  • Interviewing, shadowing, and collaborating with a range of stakeholders in the stroke landscape—patients, caregivers, clinicians, administrators, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, executives, and others.

Visit the HFA blog for more on the fellows’ journey to make a difference throughout the exploration, ideation, and implementation phases of the program.


2016-17 HFA fellows: Stephanie Guang, Michael Mezher, King John Pascual, and Ekaterina Vlasova
2016-17 HFA physician mentors: Drs. Bill Frohna, Amie Hsia and Michael Yochelson

Key Deliverables

Final Portfolio

Stroke Simulation Case Study

Stroke Infographic

Landscape Analysis Summary

Landscape Analysis

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