ICZ works with communities in crisis to solve healthcare deficits using Innovation, Ingenuity and Creativity.
What We Do
ICZ specializes in collaboratively designing and implementing health improvements for communities in conflict.
Recognizing innovation as a social act, ICZ partners with communities in crisis to identify and address the healthcare inequities that impact their lives. Using a multi-sectoral approach, ICZ works to transform the systems that created the problem in the first place through the development of community co-designed prototypes, products, processes, programs, and platforms.
ICZ works to achieve broad, sustained impact ensuring solutions contribute to the long-term well-being and resilience of individuals, communities, and society.
How we do it
Through Community Based Collaborative Research and Human Centered Design, ICZ works to identify the exact problem that needs addressing. Using prototyping and an iterative process, ICZ then develops solutions, products, processes, and/or programs. ICZ then studies the transformative process with observational study, randomized trial, or qualitative interview and publish in peer reviewed journals to ensure innovations always help and do no harm.
Case Study: When hospitals in Democratic Republic of Congo could not get ultrasound gel, ICZ worked with local women to develop one out of the local root cassava. It was very inexpensive and equal in quality to the pharmaceutical grade gel. ICZ then had the local casava gel validated at Albert Einstein Medical Center to ensure equal resolution, no toxicity and no infectious spread.
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Our Guiding Principle
Process is not the enemy of innovation. In reality, innovation needs a framework!
Why "Innovation" and
While social entrepreneurship has become a popular term for those trying to improve the world, true social change often requires the active collaboration of all stakeholders, including government, business, nonprofits, and communities. ICZ uses “Innovation” and “Innovators” to describe ourselves as the entrepreneurs that we are within a social construct of the communities we serve.
Impacting a system across all scales, affecting not only specific groups, organizations and communities but the whole system at the very broadest level (changes in culture, laws, policy, economy, etc.)
Profoundly changing or transforming a system rather than adapting or improving it
Simply put, social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progres