Neha Sathe competes in Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch

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USF College of Public Health undergraduate student Neha Sathe was selected as a finalist at the annual Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition.

Co-sponsored by the USF Center for Entrepreneurship at the USF Muma College of Business, Florida Blue and the USF chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, the state-wide competition is open to undergraduate, graduate and health care students from schools all across the state of Florida.

This year’s competition theme is aging in place which has become synonymous with the idea of providing all of the necessary services required for maintaining health living within the confines of your own home.

Partnered with USF Center for Entrepreneurship gradaute student Estevan Serrano, Sathe’s pitch involves exploration of in-home health care and handicap accessible vehicles by analyzing transportation needs of the elderly and disabled with access to in-home care. She also interviewed nurses and drivers who are currently involved in transporting the elderly and/or disabled.

The finalists will compete in head-to-head competition using short, professional presentations before a panel of health care professionals in October at GuideWell Facility in Lake Nova, Fla.

Winners will be awarded prizes of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for 2nd Place, and $2,500 for 3rd place. Select winners will be eligible for business incubation at GuideWell and potential follow-up funding.

“As a recently emerged student to the COPH, my time here has just begun. In this short amount of time, I have been selected as a finalist in the Florida Healthcare Innovation 2017 Pitch Competition,” Sathe said. “This is something I am most proud of!”

Undergraduate student Neha Sathe (Photo courtesy of Sathe).

Sathe became interested in public health after learning how it can be applied to more than one population.

“It is not customized. I can use the knowledge I have attained in any part of the world with all different kinds of people. Public health is global health,” she said.

During her time at the COPH, Sathe has been a member of the Global Public Health Brigade and the Undergraduate Public Health Student Association.

Sathe said that she has been inspired by Dr. Anna Armstrong, assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Health.

Dr. Anna Armstrong and Neha Sathe (Photo courtesy of Sathe).

“I always thought it was not possible to have a favorite professor but in Spring 2017 I was placed into Dr. Anna Armstrong’s class,” she said. “She is an amazing inspiring lady full of brilliance and humor. She taught the class with not only lectures, but also collaborations.”

Her favorite memory was from Armstrong’s summer learning course, Intervention Planning and Program Management.

“I participated in a windshield walking tour of an area served by Tampa Bay Street Medicine. We went to downtown Tampa for observations and then met up at a Panera Bread in the area,” Sathe said. “Dr. Armstrong bought us all lemonade and we discussed our findings. That was a really fun day!”

Sathe plans to graduate in the Summer 2018 with her BSPH and will be specializing in surgical technology. She hopes to eventually become a public health professor.

Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health

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