MY SMAART™ STORY
I was compelled to create SMAART™ when I recognized a severe lack of evidence-based, community-driven solutions to public health on a global
scale. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t shocked. How was it so many governments were designing policies without specific, accurate data?
How were private companies and citizens creating products and services without having done proper research?
I quickly realized, though there were efforts out there, they weren’t sustainable or even always helpful.
So, a couple years and several hundred development hours later, I am pleased to release SMAART™ into the world. It’s is an innovative internet and mobile-based informatics platform, designed, developed, and implemented to making data meaningful, as well as facilitate evidence based, contextually relevant solutions addressing the needs of stakeholders in diverse settings.
Health does not occur in a vacuum. Rather, health status is embedded in larger living and working conditions. Social and economic policies, plus the
economic resources available to a household greatly affect health.
This became obvious to me when I began collecting data and researching urbanization in India. Specially, slums and the consequences of rapid urban growth on the population as a whole, but more specifically women. By 2030, 5 billion of the world’s population is expected to live in cities. By 2050, more than two-thirds, of the world’s population is expected to be urbanized.
That means understanding urban areas on a community level will be critical to creating global solutions to any social issue.
Using SMAART™, my research revealed some very obvious things: urbanization has a negative effect on mental and physical health, especially with
lacking infrastructure and inadequate policies. But, what was most shocking was the gender gap. Even in a slum, women have a major disadvantage.
What was more perplexing was the gross lack of research and data available in studies.
I realized there’s a lot more talk than doing in the world. I want to change that. I know you do too.
That’s why SMAART™ is unique. I’m creating it to take global solutions from start to finish. From concept to research to prototype to solution. We’re in this together, so let’s do it right.