akenta health

akenta health

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Just 6% of doctors and surgeons in In L.A. County identifies as Hispanic. Considering the county has the largest Latino community in the U.S., comprising roughly 49% of the population, the shortage of Spanish-speaking physicians has long been an issue. Akenta Health — a mobile health care platform geared toward Latinos that set up shop in Los Angeles this year — is hoping to change that.

“Language can help with empathy,” said founder and CEO Marco Paschina. “But if you go see a doctor that doesn’t speak your language, it’s very hard to create that empathy.”

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The first night of the 2022 dot.LA summit concluded on Thursday with a pitch contest featuring three carefully selected L.A.-based startups, the founders vied for a prize package from WeWork, Fenwick & West and Evolution.

The pitches—screened in pre-recorded segments between the night’s fireside conversations—were judged by three L.A. business experts: M13 Partner Anna Barber, Fenwick & West Associate Chance Goldberg and Evolution’s Managing Director and Co-founder Matt Auron

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