About Ward Infinity
Ward Infinity is designed to partner with change agents to magnify and accelerate their capacity to radically improve underinvested communities' health and well-being by reducing health disparities and building health equity through community-driven solutions. We partner with founders in Washington, D.C. that have an impact and show a commitment to creating wealth and solving for social determinants of health that significantly impact Wards 7 & 8.
Health disparities increase medical costs by $77 billion and indirect costs by $83 billion each year. Our strategy distributes resources to increase health and vitality and reduce costs.
Vulnerable communities are often not consulted on changes that affect their quality of life. Our approach empowers residents to shape changes in their community.
As we've seen with the COVID vaccine roll-out, trust between patients & providers either impedes or encourages healthcare service use. Our process listens and responds to community needs.
Our program not only takes you through the innovation process, but it also ensures your venture is sustainable, increasing wealth, and ensuring a positive economic impact on the community it is serving.
Increase availability and/or access to nutritious food
Create stronger bonds and enhance emotional wellbeing
Shape healthy places where residents live, work, and/or play
Improve health access and/or literacy through tech-based solutions
Build better access to equitable health systems
Nutritious Food AccessMarket 7
A community marketplace that alleviates food and retail deserts while empowering black-owned-businesses and celebrating food from the African diaspora.
- Named Honoree on the Forbes Next 1000 list
- Won $150,000 Essence & Pine Sol Build Your Legacy Contest
- Awarded $50,000 from D.C. Dept. of Healthcare Finance
- Established partnership Whole Foods Market
- Named 2020 Changemaker in the DC Food System
Strong RelationshipsPlayback Theatre
Performances sharing and reflecting back stories of residents around health to heal and move beyond them.
- In 1 year, increased performances by 500%
- Performed for 700 in 1 year with a cast of 10
- Branched into Diversity & Inclusion work, facilitating conversations between corporations and the community
- Founder named 2018 winner of Day Eight's DC Poet Project
Healthy EnvironmentsFresh Food Factory
A self sustaining food hub developed by repurposing shipping containers that features an indoor food market, farm, training center and certified kitchen.
- Opened a local and ethnic health food store
- Trained other businesses to develop the food ecosystem
- Partnering with D.C. Government to build the Food Hub
- Raised $15,000 to fund Food Hub
The WANDA Academy
A women's circle that reclaims sisterhood and heritage foods to address food security.
DMV Urban Greens
An urban organic farm that provides produce for free/low cost while eliminating transportation barriers.
Taste and Talk
Gatherings in a familiar setting to explore the benefits of plant-based diets on $10/day. Health coaching for 9 months following the program.
The Johns Hopkins Innovation Method
Our social innovation method prescribes a process, not an outcome. It combines our very own human-centered design approach Listen Imagine Do with public health and business problem-solving methods to generate community-driven innovations. The goal of the process is to design solutions that resonate with community needs and values all while having a viable underlying business model.
Encouraging the teams to listen and understand the health needs of their neighbors.
Carlisha Gentles, a Ward Infinity 2019 participant, has conversations in a barbershop to understand how men navigate the healthcare system.
Helping teams imagine viable solutions that will bring about lasting health changes in the community.
Jason Anderson and Brenda Liddell, from the Ward Infinity 2018 cohort, conduct a brainstorming activity with staff member Marissa McKeever.
Simply providing tools, knowledge, and funding that helps teams turn their ideas into real-world societal change.
Taboris Robinson, from the Ward Infinity 2019 cohort, tests out his mobile market in Southeast DC. In communities east of the river, transportation is the #1 barrier to accessing healthy foods.
Johns Hopkins Hosts Competition to Address Health Disparities
December 2, 2021
A Food Hall Rising in Ward 7 Will Focus on Fostering Black-Owned Businesses
September 29, 2021
Recipes for Change: AU Lands Historic Grant to Study Wasted Food
September 28, 2021
Lunch and Learn: Storytelling, Theatre and Lunch
April 29, 2021
Marissa McKeever, Esq. is Empowering the DC Community with Care
December 23, 2020
Market7 DC Fights Food Deserts
June 22, 2020
Black Flea Market in D.C., Breaks Ground on Permanent Home
January 6, 2020
Benning Market Set for Ward 7's River Terrace
December 11, 2019
Sibley Hospital's Ward Infinity Seeks Public Funds
April 10, 2019