Narrative Nation

Investment Type: Grant
Year: 2019
Amount: $200,000
Organization Type: Nonprofit

Narrative Nation is a New York City-based non-profit that champions health equity by democratizing how the story of health disparities is told. Narrative Nation co-creates culturally relevant, narrative-centered technologies and media to foster systemic change and to eradicate health disparities. The unique, by us for us approach, puts members of the most affected communities at the center of its theory of change. Ultimately, Narrative Nation shifts the narrative of health disparities by shifting the narrator. Irth is the signature digital platform of Narrative Nation. Irth (as in Birth, but without the B for bias), is a digital tool to identify and eradicate bias in maternity and infant health care.

Why we invest:

Narrative Nation’s digital platform, Irth, recognizes that implicit bias is a significant barrier to fair treatment for all. Bias has been directly linked to the high black maternal mortality and morbidity crises as well as the high rates of black infant death. However, women and other birthing people from marginalized groups have no way of knowing how someone like them experienced a certain doctor or hospital. As a consumer-facing app, Irth is a “Yelp-like” review and rating platform that allows women and other birthing people from marginalized groups to find a healthcare provider or hospital review from someone with a similar racial, ethnic or socio-economic profile or to leave a review. This harnesses the consumer power of women as a tool for change and empowers all with peer-based information for healthcare decision-making. On the back end, the digital platform builds the first ever repository of experiences of care among marginalized groups, and creates an unprecedented qualitative data set that identifies trends to work directly with providers to make recommendations for practice improvements.

The $200,000 grant from Tara Health Foundation will fund a two-phase project to conduct immersive, community review collection campaigns in several cities. Then, key hospitals will be identified as potential partners for a pilot project to turn Irth’s data into actionable practice improvements for respectful care for all. Learn more about the Irth digital platform.

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