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.
About Ward Infinity
The mission of Ward Infinity is to partner with change agents to magnify and accelerate their capacity to radically improve the health and well-being of underinvested communities. Ward Infinity aims to radically reduce health disparities through the creation of community-driven solutions. We partner with change agents in Washington, D.C.'s most underserved communities, Wards 7 and 8, to develop innovative solutions that address social determinants of health.
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.
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
Community-Driven Solutions (Slideshow)
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 Sibley 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.
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
Our Stories Drive Change: Black Entrepreneurs in D.C., and Johns Hopkins Sibley's Ward Infinity
September 26, 2021
Ward Infinity Program Helps Foster Community-Driven Solutions to DC Health Issues
September 1, 2021
Developer Duo Tackles Mixed-Use Project From the Ground Up in Deanwood
August 6, 2021
Lunch and Learn: Storytelling, Theatre and Lunch
April 29, 2021
The Health Disparities Podcast - Community Interventions: The Ward Infinity Initiative in SE DC, & Operation Change in five other cities
April 28, 2021
Ward Infinity Presents Keynote Talk at MadPow Healthcare Design Conference
April 20, 2021
Forbes names Market 7 Founder, Mary Blackford, an Honoree on the Next 1000 list
February 16, 2021
Dr. Veronica X. Vela Discusses Social Innovation to Improve Community Health
February 15, 2021
Marissa McKeever, Esq. is Empowering the DC Community with Care
December 23, 2020
Women Living in Wards 7 and 8 Can Now Enroll in a Free Health and Nutrition Class
June 30, 2020
DC community marketplace founder wins $150K in national grant contest
July 15, 2020
A Market Supporting DC Black-Owned Businesses Is a Big Award Finalist
June 26, 2020
Market7 DC Fights Food Deserts
June 22, 2020
Tambra Raye Stevenson and Mary Blackford Named as Changemakers in the DC Food System
July 16, 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
Meet the innovators fighting for health and nutrition east of the river — with an assist from Sibley Memorial Hospital
August 1, 2019
WANDA nutrition program teaches DC communities about food, culture and identity
July 25, 2019
Three Generations of a Ward-7 Family Find Work and Fulfillment in Urban Farming
July 2, 2019
Ward Infinity Participants Offer Solutions to Health Issues
July 2, 2019
Insight on National Minority Health Month with Marissa McKeever
April 17, 2019
Sibley Hospital's Ward Infinity Seeks Public Funds
April 10, 2019
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