Summary: It’s been busy over here at ClearHealthCosts. Here’s some news: We have been chosen for the beta of IFundWomen, a new crowdfunding platform for women-owned businesses. They liked our mission: revealing health care costs. Our ask: We’ll be raising moolah to make our home site mobile first, or easier to use on smartphones, iPads, etc. — as have Google, Apple and others, to better serve our community. We get about 60 percent of our visitors on mobile, so this is past due, and it will help us a lot!
We also know that among our most popular posts are those for the cost of birth-control pills, an STD test, an IUD and an abortion — on Saturday and Sunday mornings, on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets like iPads. We need to serve those communities better, and that’s why we’re relaunching the site as a mobile first experience. Of course, our desktop and laptop views will still be superb — this is specifically aimed at improving the view on the smartphone and tablet.
The iFundWomen launch is in early November — we’ll e-mail when it’s live, inviting you to take part. This was an extremely selective process, and we’re thrilled to have been chosen.
What’s important for us: To start fast. So when we let you know we’re live, please jump in with your credit card!
If other woman-owned or -led businesses want to know them, we’ll happily make intros.
Other honors: We were chosen for the first Women@Forbes Female Founders Cohort at Impact Hub NYC.
I was invited to a thinkfest put on by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation and the American Institutes for Research, focusing on principles of patient-centered measurement in health care. Very smart people, and I was honored to be included.
I was interviewed on GotAGirlCrush.
And! I’m volunteering at Civic Hall in their kickoff Delta NYC program, helping to bring tech to the world at large via this NYC partnership founded by the remarkable Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry, founders of Personal Democracy Forum and stars of civic tech.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.