The Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab at Washington University in St. Louis, partnering with the Brown School and Skandalaris Center, aims to create a culture of impact-focused entrepreneurship in order to spark new ways of approaching complex social problems. The Lab connects WashU students with community partners to address some of the biggest challenges facing the St. Louis region.

Infographic showing the infant mortality rate in the 63106 and 63107 zip codes

One of those challenges is racial inequity in infant mortality birth rates. Infant mortality is the death of infants during the first year of life. There are many physical, social and economic factors that impact infant health and survival. One of these is a lack of transportation options. Without means of transportation, families are unable to access health care, healthy food and social services expectant mothers and infants need to survive and thrive.

In Spring 2018, the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab collaborated with FLOURISHGenerate Health, and FOCUS Health Impact Fellows. The team’s goal was to develop disruptive transportation solutions to help address racial inequities in infant mortality.

At the Social Innovation Pitch Day, two consulting teams, with graduate students from the Olin School of Business and the Brown School, will present research and proposed solutions for addressing racial disparities in infant mortality in zip codes 63106 and 63107, with a focus on transportation.

The event will be held Friday, April 6th, 9-11 a.m., at the Danforth University Center, Room 234. Parking is available in the building’s garage. The event is free and open to the public.