Kelley Vo, Chris Lam, Olivia Chang, Minh Ton
Access to healthcare is a human right, but it does not come without barriers for the LGBTQ community. In a study by Lambda Legal, refusal of care is one of many barriers to healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community. Along with refusal care, the LGBTQ+ community also faces discrimination, healthcare providers refusing to touch or using excessive precaution, verbal and physical abuse, and even being blamed for their health status (Lambda Legal, 2010).
The goal of Qmmunity is to provide a judgment-free space that connects the LGBTQ+ community with empathic and accommodating healthcare providers. We hope to use this space to foster trust, increase accessibility, and transparency in healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community.
What it does
Qmmunity is a self-service healthcare app that connects the LGBTQ+ community with empathic and accommodating healthcare providers. Our platform will allow users to search, rate, leave feedback on healthcare providers in their community with anonymity. Second, to the rating feature, the platform will have a blogging feature to allow the LGBTQ+ community to connect to each other on topics such as mental health, physical health, and stories. We also created a user interface with the goal of making our platform accessible, user-friendly, and empower user search.
How we built it
Miro, Figma, Materials.io
React Native, Expo, Firebase
Challenges we ran into
One of our problems was underestimating the time it takes to do UI/UX. Early on in the hackathon, our goal was to get the UI/UX done for the app done in a night. In reality, it took us a full day to do the UI/UX for the app because we needed time to map out user stories and deliberate on the placement of components.
Another problem we faced was pacing between UI/UX and Development team. During times during our project, our UI/UX team members would be working on a different component than the development team members. When the development team needed to see how a page was laid out the UI/UX team needed to pivot and work on what the developers needed.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of all the work we did in the timespan of a weekend. The majority of our team are first-time hackers so getting something working this weekend was another thing that we are proud of. Lastly, we are proud to create a tool to help the LGBTQ+ community decrease barriers to healthcare.
What we learned
• Prioritization - Since a majority of our group were first-time hackers we came in thinking we had plenty of time to bring our vision of the app to fruition. After running into bugs and roadblocks we learned that we needed to prioritize app functions to make good use of our weekend.
• Value in Stand up meetings - Earlier in our project, we had difficultly synchronizing our work. After implementing stand-ups we quickly aligned our priorities to make the best use of our time and tackle any problems we had at the time.
What's next for Qmmunity | Making healthcare accessible for LGBTQ+
We hope to add more data to the application to help empower user search and discussion making when it comes to healthcare providers. We plan on adding more metrics from CMS API and HEI datasets. Additionally, we would work to create an algorithm to recommend users providers/facilities based on their demographics. Eventually, we would love the opportunity to release this app for public use.