About Ward Infinity

Ward Infinity is Johns Hopkins University and Medicine’s cohort-based social entrepreneurship accelerator serving Washington, DC communities. We resource entrepreneurial teams serving DC's historically underinvested communities to improve health, wellness, and sustainability outcomes. We provide the teams with fiscal, knowledge, and social capital in a five-month accelerator that is both supportive and challenging so they can catalyze community vibrancy.

JHU+JHM Ward Infinity 2024 Fellow Application

The application for the 2024 cohort is now open.

Our Goals

Eliminate Disparities

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.

Increase Inclusion

Vulnerable communities are often not consulted on changes that affect their quality of life. Our approach empowers residents to shape changes in their community.

Build Trust

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.

Ensure Viability

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.

Interest Areas


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


Health Technology

Improve health access and/or literacy through tech-based solutions

Healthcare Systems

Build better access to equitable health systems

The Johns Hopkins Innovation Method

Cohort Sessions, Coaching, Independent Work, Mentoring, Personalized Workshops

Our Model

Our health-focused social innovation design approach combines training sessions, personalized workshops, coaching and mentoring to help accelerate the path to sustainable and profitable social enterprise in three ways:

  • building community social entrepreneurial capacity in a respectful, people-first, asset-oriented way (Engine of Change)
  • changing health, wellness, and sustainability outcomes in historically underinvested communities and beyond (Community Vibrancy)
  • helping universities and other established institutions engage and resource communities through collaboration and co-design. (Policy & Practice)
  • The WANDA Academy

    A women's circle that reclaims sisterhood and heritage foods to address food security.

    Members of the WANDA Academy
  • DMV Urban Greens

    An urban organic farm that provides produce for free/low cost while eliminating transportation barriers.

    DMV Urban Green team
  • 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.

    Taste and Talk

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