A2H2 Healthcare Hackathon

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A2H2 is a healthcare hackathon in Ann Arbor addressing challenges to health around the world and providing participants a forum to develop solutions and scale their ideas. This year’s topic isMaking Do: Healthcare in Low Resource Settings.

What are Low resource settings?
You might immediately think of the developing world and while that’s absolutely right, we see on a daily basis that there are many parts of the west, the US especially, that struggle with getting adequate healthcare, whether that is because the tech is not available or too expensive, or the access to care is lacking or costly, or the health education and patient-centered encouragement is subpar, or many many other reasons. That being said what is worked on at the hackathon is left up to the participants themselves.

The challenges that face healthcare in low resource settings include but is not limited to the

  • inadequate healthcare services and resources at remote communities
  • inequitable distribution of healthcare resources
  • differences in the healthcare behaviors between rural and urban
  • private and public healthcare providers with public health policy implications
  • the cost of treatment
  • absence of specialty healthcare programs
  • sociocultural diversity

This year we also have a special track (TIKTOC) about transition into independence for people with physical, cognitive, and neurodevelopmental disabilities, thanks to a collaboration with theUniversity of Michigan Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centerunder a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RE5012). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The event takes place June 22 to June 24 on The University of Michigan campus. Over the course of these days participants form cross-functional teams to collaborate and compete for prizes, developing a minimum viable product or prototype to address an issue in health.

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