Each year, a select group of graduate students in Taylor’s social venture accelerator, the Changemaker Institute, work tirelessly on Thursdays, in the evenings and on weekends to propel their idea for social change into a viable and sustainable social enterprise.
Participants in the 6-month program deepen their understanding of the social issue their venture tackles, gain social entrepreneurship and business development skills, and work as a cohort to iterate their idea and build a sustainable business model. CI participants are either working to create their own social impact venture (such as a non-profit, program, student-run organization, or business) OR are focused on building a new and innovative capacity within an existing organization.
BodyMindSoul Unified! is a tai chi-based program of mindful movement that empowers youth and women to navigate the chaos of everyday life with greater curiosity and purpose, clearing a path to better health and wellness for everyone.
Kristina Woodworth (Community Health Science, MPH)
Data Doctor is a data handling and management consulting service that will provide access to expertise in the area of medical and public health for researchers seeking scientific manuscripts publications.
Dr. Renad Jadkarim (MD, MPH&TM, Ph.D)
#BetterTogether Health is a digital revenue recovery service eliminating access, care, and knowledge gaps to prevent disruptions along the Medicaid patient journey.
Tyler Jackson (Community Health Science, MPH)
Reintegration Academy provides services to individuals who have been released from prison and the homeless population. Our goals are to empower, educate and link individuals released from prison and those who are homeless to available and needed community resources.
Aurlisa Isom (Community Health Science, MPH)
Move and Communicate program aims to educate and empower women over the age of 18, providing sexual health information (both disease-related and non-disease-related). This project hopes to scale up evidence-based sexual health education through self-defense training to women to build women’s self-confidence and offers simple techniques to help defend themselves through verbal and non-verbal communication, first in New Orleans and then internationally. Move & Communicate is designed to build confidence and empower women!
Unprecedented Ablutions provides as natural as possible and eco-friendly handmade soap and body products to the New Orleans area. Proceeds from sales fund the donation of products to local organizations that need hygiene products.
Ashlee Walker (Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, DrPH)
HIS Health Legacy Project LLC is the digital front door for men’s mental, physical, and social determinants of health.
Kyle Gordon (Health Administration, MS) and Benjamin Richardson (Health Administration, MS)