4 health organizations to watch
These organizations hold promise for the future
Madison’s burgeoning health field is fueled in part by startups, nonprofits and special programs. Madison Magazine also recognizes four organizations that hold promise in helping the region become the next hub of health innovation.
DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services)
Shannon Barry, executive director
Having started as a volunteer-run help line in a church basement 40 years ago, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, or DAIS, has since grown into a comprehensive service provider for domestic abuse survivors and families in Dane County not only to provide intervention, prevention and educational services–just to name a few–but also to help reshape the discourse around community responsibilities surrounding domestic violence.
Tia Murray and Tamara Thompson Moore, co-directors
Made up of a group of doulas, midwives and other birthing professionals, Harambee Village is a community-based maternal care program aiming to empower and elevate childbearing experiences for women confronted by disparities based on race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality or nationality.
Alex Fralin, Chief of Schools for Secondary Education
Debuted as a pilot initiative by the Madison Metropolitan School District this school year, Personalized Pathways is seeking to reframe high school curriculums to prepare students for college, careers and to be a part of a community. Small-group learning environments emphasize core content classes, experiential learning opportunities and personal relationships. Health services is the theme of the pilot year.
UpDown Technologies Inc.
Chris Freise, CEO
The fitness app UpDown allows users to share workout knowledge with each other in a YouTube-like platform with various channels to choose from. The app’s algorithms help recommend certain channels to users in an effort to provide a personalized workout. CEO Chris Freise is currently working with a few local fitness organizations to create workouts for the app.
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