A transitional care clinic for recently released prisoners won a first prize of $5,000 in funding from Propeller's PitchNOLA: Living Well pitch competition, which targeted ideas to improve health outcomes.
The contest, which was held Wednesday, featured 10 entrepreneurs competing for $10,000 in total funding.
Since opening in 2015, the FIT Clinic has provided medical, behavioral and social care to former prisoners to help reduce recidivism and assist with their re-entry.
The clinic plans to use the prize money to help cover costs of first-visit co-pays, labs and medication for patients, with the goal of working with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Corrections to implement pre-release Medicaid enrollment starting in 2018.
CALM, or Clear Answers to Louisiana Mental Health, won second place and $3,000 to fund community outreach to help New Orleans residents better understand, treat and break the stigma of psychosis.
Street Medicine New Orleans won third place and $2,000, which it will use to continue providing medical care and case management outreach for the city's unsheltered homeless population.
REMiXEcology won an audience favorite award of $500 for its idea to connect minorities with the outdoors.
Propeller is a business incubator that focuses on ventures looking to tackle pressing issues facing New Orleans.