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Fabric Health: Breaking Down Barriers to Health Equity


Fabric Health is transforming laundry time into an opportunity for community well-being, engaging families in laundromats to address health needs and connecting them with health care experts and needed social services. Adaptable and problem-solving oriented, the social-impact startup helps to bridge pandemic-exacerbated disparities by meeting people where they are, fostering health equity.

Fabric Health operates with the mission of transforming mundane tasks like laundry into opportunities for improving community well-being. By targeting laundromats, which offer both prolonged and regular interactions, families are engaged in meaningful conversations about their health and social well-being.

The social-impact startup's approach emphasizes trust as the cornerstone of successful engagement, aiming to establish reliable relationships and facilitate seamless transitions to health care experts and social services. A current focus is aiding individuals with Medicaid recertification, raising awareness about crucial deadlines.

The organization's adaptability is evident through its problem-solving orientation, unattached to any specific solution, and its commitment to addressing pandemic-exacerbated disparities is reflected in its outreach strategy, prioritizing efforts to meet people where they are, using the time they have available.

Ultimately, Fabric Health's innovative approach centers on building trust, offering support, and bridging gaps in health care access to create a healthier, more equitable community.

While on a recent visit to the UPMC Health Plan Neighborhood Center in Pittsburgh, The American Journal of Managed Care® spoke with co-founder Allister Chang to learn more about Fabric Health's mission to meet families where they are and its long-term vision for the future.

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