1867 Health Innovations Project

1867 Health Innovations Project (1867), an innovation program that supports researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and corporate partners, who possess a desire to tackle complex health challenges confronting medically underserved communities.

1867 will promote programs to incent digital health innovation and adoption, while cultivating an environment to refine, test, and scale new digital health solutions. 1867 aims to collaborate with key tech, government, academic, business, and health stakeholders to cultivate a robust digital health ecosystem to promote research and education initiatives. 1867 will ensure programs deliver measurable, scalable, and sustainable results to catalyze entrepreneurship and investment in medically underserved communities.

1867’s programs will support and prioritize digital health solutions that correspond with the Triple AIM—enhancing patient experience, improving health of populations, and lowering health care cost—to assist providers with the transition to value-based care. Accordingly, 1867 will initially concentrate on virtual health care innovations that facilitate greater medical care access and health outcomes, specifically in the areas of mobile apps, sensors, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearables, voice recognition, and data analytics. 


Mission, Vision, and Goals

1867’s mission and vision reflect an unwavering commitment to addressing health disparities and social factors impacting medically underserved communities.


To cultivate an environment that supports innovative ideas and empowers entrepreneurs to enhance care for medically underserved communities.


Better care for all


  1. Accelerate and incubate innovative solutions to enhance health outcomes and access, while reducing the cost of care for medically underserved. 
  2. Establish 1867 as an indispensable technological and innovation partner with researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and corporate partners to transform care for the medically underserved.
  3. Build a regional innovation collaborative to tackle complex health challenges confronting vulnerable populations. 
  4. Transform medically underserved communities through an evidenced based innovation model to develop new models of care supported by cutting edge solutions.  


Digital Health Accelerator Program

The program is designed to develop scalable models of care supported by cutting edge solutions to enhance access and health outcomes, while reducing cost of care for medically underserved communities. The program will enable partners to test new models of care and innovations in a dynamic clinical environment to enhance care for individuals residing in medically underserved communities.  

1867 and partners will participate in an Innovation Design Sprint to establish the scope and scale of the pilot program, along with key performance indicators (KPIs) and measurement criteria. Additionally, the program will equip partners with the requisite technical assistance to help better position new models of care or innovations in medically underserve communities - while promoting opportunities for partners to interface with key health stakeholders.  



Michael R. Crawford, MBA, MHL
Associate Dean for Strategy, Outreach, and Innovation 
Phone: 202-806-7679

Howard University College of Medicine 
520 W Street, NW, Suite 509
Washington, DC 20059