Broad Street Maps
We make maps that improve the delivery of healthcare to people in need. Working collaboratively with our NGO customers, we produce maps and data graphics designed to reflect the ground truth of the people they serve, help track and improve operations and reveal strategic opportunities. Our mission includes training in order to leave behind basic GPS skills for capturing vital data, so the maps can adapt dynamically with the needs of our customers and the people they serve.
Our two team members graduated from Middlebury College, where we both majored in Geography and minored in global health. While at Middlebury, we were both struck by the potential of mapping to improve public health. Maps, we realized, are an easy tool for understanding the scope and scale of a problem, for planning the best interventions to address that problem, and for communicating the efficiency of an intervention to others. With this in mind, we recently launched Broad Street Maps, a consulting service that helps small health organizations improve their services by "putting patients on the map."
What we do
More specifically, Broad Street Maps equips grassroots health organizations with open-source mapping techniques to visualize and improve their services. Maps provide the visualization and context to make sense of often incomprehensible data. We aim to support small health organizations by designing and implementing individualized mapping projects. By collecting spatial data using a GPS and combining it with existing health information to produce maps, organizations can illustrate the geographic distribution of the problems they seek to address, bringing better services to where they're needed most.
Our project in Peru
After a successful first project with Gardens for Health, International (http://gardensforhealth.org) in Rwanda in the summer of 2012, we are traveling to Peru on March 1st to complete a project with a small organization called Sacred Valley Health (www.sacredvalleyhealth.org). While the project with Gardens for Health focused on mapping cases of malnutrition, the project with Sacred Valley Health is aimed at getting a better picture of where tuberculosis and diarrheal cases are most prevalent. The maps that we make with Sacred Valley Health will enable the organization to better understand where the hotspots of disease are so that they can maximize their limited resources and manpower and get treatment to their most vulnerable patients.
After Peru, we have office space in the North End of Boston. Our efforts will be spent primarily on pursuing new clients. Additionally, we will focus on developing more comprehensive training materials and project evaluation strategies.
Where will the money go?
The money we raise in the first stage we will use to cover start-up costs and prepare for May, when we will have completed the field work for our Peru-based client, and will establish our base of operations as a hybrid organization (both a 501C3 organization and an LLC) in a social enterprise incubator in Boston.
$5000: Business costs, including office space, software (e.g. Adobe Suite), and computers.
$5000: Operational expenses for the first six-months
We intend to raise additional funds through grants, building on the success we have had in securing grants for our work in 2012, and we have applications under consideration. By early 2014, our plan calls for balancing the sources of capital with roughly 40% coming from grants, 40% coming from fees paid by our clients, and 20% from founding investors.
Other ways that you can help...
Broad Street Maps is not just looking for funding, we need your support and connections too! Know any health organizations that might be interested in our services? Send them our way...
Our blog: http://broadstreetmaps.org/broad-street-maps-1/
Middlebury Magazine Article: http://blogs.middlebury.edu/middmag/2012/11/02/making-change/
Digital Health Revoltution Panel at UVM medical school (skip to minute 50 to see us): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Om8t2vS_WI&feature=plcp