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EyeTalker - wearable technology to help the visually impaired

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EyeTalker is a pair of glasses with an embedded camera that captures printed text and delivers it as audio to the visually impaired. EyeTalker helps the blind “hear” text printed in books, magazines, restaurant menus and any other printed media. EyeTalker assists the visually impaired to acquire knowledge, shop for many basic necessities, earn a living, and gain a higher level of dignity, freedom and independence.

Who are you?

I've been working in tech for more than 10 years. In 2006 I founded my agency Crea7ive, where I still work as Creative Director.
I'm also one of the co-founders of EyeTalker and I'm passionate about innovation, technology and social entrepreneurship

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Access to printed information not only offers improvement in quality of life but also allows individuals for better access to education, jobs and therefore healthcare.
I like to tell people to think about how expensive it is to go to college and afford books. Then think about a visually impaired individual who needs to get trained on braille, try to find braille books or get expensive equipment to access printed information. EyeTalker offers a cost effective and simple solution to this issue.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

improved access to healthcare (though education and jobs), quality of life, safety, access to quality education, job opportunities

Please give examples of your project's success.

With 0 funding we have been able to develop a basic proof of concept:

Several blind organizations such as the National Federation of the Blind and low-vision products distributors such as Optelec and HumanWare have reached out to us and expressed their interest to carry our product.

We are now working closely to the Lighthouse Foundation for the Blind, performing surveys to users in order to improve our product design and UX.

Organization Name (or individuals name) eyetalker

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Coverage to Care Miami

Coverage to Care Miami will be an extensive community education and social media initiative targeted to Miami-Dade residents informing them of their health insurance coverage options as well as how to access healthcare once insured. Numerous studies document the poor health outcomes of the uninsured and the significant challenges the newly insured experience navigating the health insurance maze in order to access healthcare... more »
Who are you?

Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI) is a nonprofit and provides free civil legal services to low-income residents in Miami-Dade. To promote access to justice, LSGMI provides community education on issues affecting the low-income community.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Numerous studies establish that uninsured people are less likely to receive medical care; more likely to die early; and more likely to have poor health. Additionally, newly insured and uninsured individuals are more likely to be overwhelmed by difficulties accessing medical care. Providing individuals with a personalized road map on how to obtain health insurance, and access care increases the likelihood they will become insured, and access preventive care and ongoing treatment.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

30% of Miami-Dade residents are uninsured, and the rate is likely higher among the working poor due to So. Florida’s small business economy and Florida’s refusal to expand Medicaid. Expanding the number of insureds through the ACA is a good first step, but is not enough to guarantee people receive the healthcare they need. The newly insureds and Medicaid recipients also need help navigating the healthcare plan “maze”. Additionally, the uninsured need education on safety net options.

Please give examples of your project's success.

In 2013, LSGMI educated over 4,000 individuals to protect their rights. Our community education is based on best practices: collaboration with partners; focus on practical information; & innovative/participatory instructional strategies. In the past year, LSGMI represented 178 individuals to help them access healthcare or resolve a legal problem associated with insurance. This grant would allow us to use our expertise to benefit Miami-Dade residents & improve health outcomes.

Organization Name (or individuals name) legal services of greater miami, inc.

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Yoga and Mindfulness for Less Advantaged Individuals

Yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes are provided to individuals in prisons, juvenile justice facilities, low-income communities and other places where people are not likely to be able to access these practices.

Who are you?

Yoga and Mindfulness Outreach, Inc. is a Florida Non-Profit organized by volunteers who provide free classes to less advantaged individuals in low-income neighborhoods and at prisons/jails and juvenile justice facilities.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The benefits of yoga, mediation and mindfulness involve improved health and mental health, positive conflict resolution and reduced stress and are especially benefit in at-risk communities.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/20/yoga-for-at-risk-communit_n_102630.html, http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=About_Research&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=158775, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/15/yoga-prisoners-mental-health-well-being_n_3580583.html.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

These populations cannot afford the relatively high cost of these practices. YAMO provides free classes using a volunteer corps of instructors.

Improving health, mental health, safety (conflict resolution, community peace).

Please give examples of your project's success.

Close to 50,000 person-classes have been provided since we began. Currently over 146 persons per week are provided with yoga and meditation classes they could not otherwise afford or access.

Funding to help us obtain our 501c3 and reimburse volunteers for gas and related service provision expenses would allow us to serve more people each year!

Organization Name (or individuals name) Yoga and Mindfulness Outreach, Inc.

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Close the Gap Campaign

Under the Affordable Care Act, nearly all U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (who did not already have insurance) were entitled to either assistance paying for health insurance through the marketplace or enrollment in an expanded Medicaid program. However, in 2012, the United States Supreme Court held that states were not required to accept federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs, and to date, the Florida... more »
Who are you?

The Florida Legal Services Miami Advocacy Office has been engaged in systemic advocacy to ensure justice for all since 1996. This project will be led by a senior health law attorney, an Equal Justice Works Fellow, and CJP.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

This project will continue our longstanding efforts to ensure county residents have access to health care. By both advocating for the expansion of Medicaid and ensuring that current uninsured residents can utilize the existing safety-net system, we will work to ensure access to care both now and in the future. Moreover, we will ensure that our elected officials understand the positive impact that accepting the funding will have on their constituents, as well as the danger of failing to do so.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

As the “Our Miami Report” indicates, Miami has the highest rate of uninsured when compared to other major cities. By advocating for the expansion of Medicaid, we will be working towards reducing the rate of uninsured residents. As a result of having insurance, these individuals will no longer rely on the ER, reducing costs for the community. Furthermore, covering those who currently fall in the “Gap” will reduce stress on the safety-net system, ensuring its viability for those not eligible.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The ultimate sign of our project’s success will be Florida legislature’s decision to accept federal funding to expand access to care for low-income Floridians. As we work towards that goal we will enable Miami-Dade residents to make their voices heard on why this issue matters to them, while simultaneously ensuring that the existing system continues to serve those in need.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Florida Legal Services

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TEENS building a community of healthy TEENS

Teenagers from all backgrounds and cultures need access to serious health resources and information, including topics like eating disorders, pregnancy, sexual abuse, depression, bullying, suicide, and health insurance. We are building a massive network of teenagers who we train to become Peer Health Educators at their own high schools. Our teens launch health campaigns at their schools, teach 8 critical classes to all... more »
Who are you?

We are two local social entrepreneurs (and sisters) who know the power that health education and access to information can have on our children and our community.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

By engaging students to combat systemic, community-wide health issues, we foster a generation of young people that are proactive, not reactive to their health issues. HIP Day is a powerful learning space for our 1,000 teen health educators that focuses on prevention and collaboration to address these critical health issues.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?
  1. Residents Have Access To Health Care: These students are educating thousands of their peers at their schools about the benefits of health insurance and how to access it. 2) Residents Make Healthy Choices: Students are given practical, reliable information so they can make informed decisions about their health, thereby preventing chronic diseases. 3) Residents are Healthy: Students that are physically and emotionally well will be more successful academically.
Please give examples of your project's success.

HIP has expanded from 2 schools to nearly 40 schools in five years. During this school year, there are 1,000 student peer health educators providing the program to over 25,000 9th graders. HIP Day is a powerful demonstration of how thousands of high school students from this Miami community step up each year to ensure the health and well-being of their peers.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Health Information Project, Inc.

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Rebuilding Local Food Systems in Farmworker Communities

The purpose of the Rebuilding Local Food Systems (RLFS) in Farmworker Communities project is to increase production of, access to, and consumption of healthy, fresh foods among low-income farmworker families through their participation in community gardens, farmers’ markets, agroecology education, and a food/farm entrepreneur training program. The RLFS project improves the health and wellness of farmworkers and other... more »
Who are you?

The Farmworker Association of Florida is a community-based organization that began in 1983, now with more than 10,000 members and five locations in Central and South Florida, which is committed to improving farmworkers' living & working conditions.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Campesinos’ Gardens, a key part of the Rebuilding Local Food Systems project, increase local food production; engage community members in physical activity; gradually influence families’ health knowledge and food choices; and provide a place for farmworkers to learn about growing foods without the use of pesticides.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The RLFS project addresses goal #2 of the Health and Safety issue area: Miami-Dade residents make healthy choices. 23.9% of Miami-Dade residents are obese. Through participation in the Campesinos' Gardens, community members will gradually consume more fresh fruits and vegetables, and less junk food, fast food, and processed foods. The RLFS project promotes the positive health impacts of making healthy food choices.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Campesinos' Gardens, and the RLFS project overall, is new to our Homestead/Florida City office. The new garden is a replication of our successful Campesinos' Gardens in Fellsmere (Indian River County), where the gardens have operated for four years. Thus far, we have organized more than 20 member families, erected a fence, installed a well and pump, and built garden beds. By the end of the first year, we expect produce from the garden to reach approximately 75 families.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Farmworker Association of Florida

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CPR Anytime™ Training in Miami-Dade County Schools

Teaching and empowering students to perform CPR is the ideal way to create the next generation of lifesavers. This project would teach and promote bystander CPR to students in Miami-Dade County Schools. Bystander response rates increase when people feel they are equipped to help and feel comfortable to step in. Interestingly, youth are excellent candidates for CPR training as they demonstrate a "no-fear" approach to... more »
Who are you?

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is a national, not-for-profit, voluntary health agency whose efforts at the local, state, and national level are dedicated to combating heart disease and stroke.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

One reason that only 10% of cardiac arrest victims survive today is because most people who witness a cardiac arrest have never been taught CPR. Over 80 percent of out-of-hospital (OOH) cardiac arrests today occur at home, and just 40 percent of OOH cardiac arrest victims ever receive bystander CPR. Yet, evidence shows that bystander CPR initiated promptly can double or even triple the chance of survival for OOH cardiac arrest victims.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Miami’s quality of life depends heavily on the well-being and safety of its residents. The objective of this project is to lower the mortality rate from cardiac arrest by increasing the bystander CPR rate for citizens in Miami-Dade. Increasing the number of individuals who know bystander CPR is key to enhancing the chain of survival. Multicultural audiences are over 30 percent less likely to receive CPR in a cardiac emergency.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Thanks to the AHA’s CPR trainings, numerous lives continue to be saved. Vito saved a life just days after receiving his CPR training. Vito was on a trip when a woman stopped breathing. He administered CPR, and she began breathing again. A grandmother was able to save her granddaughters life thanks to CPR training. She saw her face was pale and she was struggling to breathe. She immediately began CPR, and the baby soon began crying.

Organization Name (or individuals name) American Heart Association-Miami

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Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) is one of Feeding South Florida’s (FSF) most innovative and effective approaches to bringing nutritious foods into neighborhoods that have been deemed food deserts. The residents in these areas have limited access to nutritious food and/or retail grocery stores and live below the federal poverty level. Through the MFP, individuals and families are able to access foods vital to a healthy diet.... more »
Who are you?

Feeding South Florida's mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Food insecurity (not knowing where you will get your next meal), caused by low wages and little access to healthy food, is a significant barrier that prevents so many from living, working and thriving in Florida. According to Children’s Health Watch, food insecurity is linked to increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, and higher obesity rates among children. For older adults, food insecurity is tied to increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, kidney failure, and memory loss.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Feeding South Florida Mobile Food Pantry addresses the Our Miami Report Health and Safety Goals 2 and 3. In particular, the 23.9% of the population of Miami that is considered obese, the heart disease death rate of 352.4 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above, and the stroke death rate of 60.3 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above all have direct links to the access members of our community have to healthy food options.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Each week, FSF and Glory Temple Ministries, located in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, host a Mobile Food Pantry (MFP). Hundreds of families in need receive fresh fruits and vegetables in a farmer’s market style distribution. Individuals have the option to choose the items they like with the same dignity as shopping in a regular open-air market, rather than receiving donated items that they may not use. Each week, an average of 16,842 pounds of food are distributed through this MFP.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Feeding South Florida

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Doctors for the Deaf Community

Provide training to doctors about their legal obligations under the ADA to use sign language interpreters to communicate with patients and companions who are deaf.

Who are you?

Director of Advocacy, CIL of South Florida (CILSF)Former Senior Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, Justice Department (1993-2005). CILSF is a nonprofit serving the disability community.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Far too often, patients who need to communicate about their health condition are forced to pass notes or use lip reading. Under the ADA, they are entitled to provision of a sign language interpreter. The CILSF proposes to train health care professionals about their obligations under the ADA, and train the deaf community about their rights.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The lack of health care services to underserved populations.

Please give examples of your project's success.

For the past 7 years, the CILSF has trained members of the deaf community about their rights under federal law (ADA and Section 504), and worked with health care professionals to eduxate them about the need to hire sign language interpreters when communicating with patients and companions who are deaf. far too often, requests for provision of a sign language interoreter are denied. We are seeking funding to enhance out training efforts, to help doctors more effectively communicate with patients.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Center for Independent Living of South Florida

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Walk for Life

To increase physical activity and to serve local families and individuals, the Parks Department, the Parks Foundation, the Deering Estate at Cutler, and the Deering Estate Foundation will launch a community walking program that is accessible and welcoming to all. “Walk for Life” is a volunteer supported walking program to get all ages and abilities moving and gaining the health benefits of regular exercise. Participants... more »
Who are you?

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a 501(c)3 organization which fosters the recreational, educational, environmental and cultural life of the Miami-Dade County community by encouraging and soliciting support for our County’s park system.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The pedometer will track route, pace, calories, distance, time and connect these with our local parks, museums, nature centers, or places of special interest along the way. As walkers in the program reach certain milestones, they’ll receive special offers, park passes, discounts on tours and fitness and recreation programs, for those participating in the program. This friendly, simple to use app would motivate walkers and improve activity levels, weight loss, and include social tools.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Health & Safety- The Walk for Life Program will motivate members to get out and get moving by providing a fun social atmosphere, special offers, and reports on their progress. According to the American Heart Association the benefits of walking are significant to a healthy lifestyle including, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes as well as improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Please give examples of your project's success.

There are approximately 40 walkers in the Deering Pilot and over 200 walkers already enrolled in the project community-wide. Local, specialty parks, support the volunteer directed program with specialty walks and quarterly trainings for volunteers and participants to increase connectivity to other Parks programs. These walkers not only return week after week for the program, but become more aware of the cultural and natural resources they are enjoying and also recruit family and friends to join.

Organization Name (or individuals name) The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade

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