Propel Health Taking Part in POLITICO’s Live Event “Aging In America”

Propel Health is taking part in this event.  With the aging of baby boomers, the 65 and over population is growing by leaps and bounds.  This topic is relevant for our solution and how it can help!

From POLITICOLIVE – POLITICO’s Aging in America is presented by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
Join POLITICO’s live event convening experts and leading voices in the health care field for a conversation on aging in America and how to make Medicare, Medicaid and the delivery system for health care and long-term services more responsive to older patients with complex needs. The U.S. has marked a profound demographic shift as every day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. In addition, the population of age 85 and older is growing exponentially. Yet health care policy and practice haven’t necessarily caught up to the challenges that older patients face.

RICHARD BARON, M.D., MACP, President and CEO, American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and the ABIM Foundation
GARY COOK, President and CEO, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities
MICHAEL D. FRATKIN, M.D., President and Founder, ResolutionCare
JOANN LYNN, M.D., Director, Center for Elder and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute
DIANE E. MEIER, M.D., Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
EDWIN WALKER, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Join the conversation using #POLITICOAging.





Propel Health to Take Part in AARP’s Final “Summer of Service to Seniors” Event

Summer of Service to Seniors

This summer, AARP Foundation is leading a Summer of Service to SeniorsSM, a series of opportunities around the country to shine a spotlight on food insecurity and senior poverty and show how volunteer service can make a real difference. The Foundation has so far traveled to Memphis, Denver and the Twin Cities; between the three events, more than 6,000 volunteers packed over 1.5 million meals for struggling older adults in the local region.

The last event of the season will take place on the National Mall in Washington on Sunday, September 10, and Monday, September 11. If you will be in the Washington, D.C., area, please join us! Just one hour of your time provides 200 meals for hungry seniors in the D.C. metro region. Registration is ongoing at

The Summer of Service to Seniors is just one piece of AARP Foundation’s larger effort to increase economic opportunities and social connections that help prevent and reduce senior poverty. Visit for more on the Foundation’s work and its vision of a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.


Propel Health President Diane Cashin is a Part of Winning Team in Digital Health Innovations Sprint

On Thursday, May 11th, a packed house assembled at American Underground in
Durham to participate in Demo Day, which marked the culmination of the AARP +
UNC Digital Health Innovation Sprint spring series. A total of four teams made it
through to the final stages and pitched their digital health solutions in front of a panel
of judges, including Andy Miller, SVP Innovation and Product Development at AARP,
Nigel Smith, Director of The Hatchery at AARP, Carol Lewis, Associate Director of
UNC’s Center for Health Innovation, and John Reites, Chief Product Officer at Thread
Responding to the challenge statement: “How can wearables be used to
seamlessly galvanize the 50+ population to take the right medications as
prescribed?” – the hotly contested final was won by Life Ring, who designed a
fashionable, wearable device supported by an application that promotes medication
adherence via advanced scheduling, communication, and medication management
tools. They will receive a start-up package including $10,000 in cash, 6-months free
co-working space at American Underground, plus potential pilot opportunities with
AARP and UNC.  Propel Health’s President, Diane Cashin was one of six team memebers on this winning team!  Way to go Diane and teamates, Patrick McGowan, Alden Rose, Nancy Rekhelman, Kevin McCreery and (not pictured) Carolina Gill.

Propel Health to Take Part in UNC Center for Health Innovation and AARP Collaborative Project

UNC Center for Health Innovation and AARP Collaborate on Digital Health Solutions for the 50+ Population

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.   The University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Health Innovation and AARP are collaborating to launch a second Digital Health Innovation SprintTM in the Triangle, NC to develop digital solutions to the problem of medication adherence in patients age 50 and over. The “Sprint” is a novel experience-based series of high-energy events designed to guide entrepreneurial-focused teams quickly through the process of maturing an idea and creating a prototype. Leveraging design thinking methodologies, the Sprint provides structure and support for teams to better define a healthcare problem and generate, develop and refine digital solutions over a two-month period.

The UNC AARP Digital Health Innovation Sprint will launch March 2, 2017 with Discovery Day and conclude May 11, 2017 with Demo Day, when teams pitch their ideas and prototypes for a chance to win prize money as well as direct access to incubator programs and other resources designed to support early start-ups. The UNC AARP Sprint aims to find digital health solutions to the challenge of:  How can wearables be used to seamlessly galvanize the 50+ population to take the right medications as prescribed?

“We know that half of patients do not take their medications as prescribed by their physician and that poor medication adherence costs the US at least $100 billion per year,” says Carol Lewis, Associate Director of the UNC Center for Health Innovation. “Significant value can be created with patient-centered solutions designed to improve medication adherence and patients’ health.”

More information and registration can be found here.

The UNC Center for Health Innovation developed and hosted the inaugural Digital Health Innovation Sprint last year, attracting over 85 participants including local entrepreneurs, software developers and engineers, clinicians, and business leaders. The three winning teams from that Sprint took home cash prizes and are now further developing their prototypes and business plans to prepare for a potential evaluation pilot at UNC Health Care.

Joseph Dobgima Njinimbam, team lead for Asthma One, said after winning first place, “Thank you all very much for this opportunity. We were left not only elated, but more passionate to make a strong mark in health care. We are eager, driven, and motivated to work with you all to improve the lives of asthma patients, one app at a time.”

Focused on empowering people to choose how they live as they age  AARP has a strong history of leading innovation for people age 50 and over.  AARP develops programs that spark innovation and entrepreneurial activity across public and private sectors including the AARP Innovation Fund, Hatchery@AARP, and the AARP Tech Nest. Caregiving also is a priority for AARP due to the significant impact it has on those 50-plus and their families. A recent AARP study found that by 2020 there will be a substantial shortage in the number of caregivers needed. It will take the efforts not just of AARP but everyone to solve the caregiving needs of society.
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About UNC Center for Health Innovation
Established by UNC Health Care (UNC HC) and the UNC School of Medicine (UNC SOM), the Center for Health Innovation initiates, evaluates and supports the adoption of disruptive, patient-centered innovations in the delivery and financing of health care. The center strives to provide rapid assessment, coordinated facilitation, program management, partnership development and funding for innovation. To learn more, click here.

About AARP:
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

For further information:Media Contact:
Tara Dunion, 202-434-2560,, @AARP Media