HPE GreenLake and Joyuus partner to provide health resources for post-partum women
MARCH 30, 2023 • BLOG POST • FIDELMA RUSSO, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
IN THIS ARTICLE
- Engineers Joyce Roosz and Anna Rios-Rodriguez launched an initiative to lend the power of the HPE GreenLake edge to cloud platform to underrepresented startups
- Joyuus, a company dedicated to providing digital health resources for post-partum mothers and their caregivers, was selected as the program’s inaugural startup
- BIPOC women experience wide disparities in care during the post-partum period
All-women team of engineers helps startups have a purpose-driven impact for new moms
I’ve been fortunate over the years to have had many informal mentors who have encouraged and challenged me in my career. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Not everyone has that level of support, so when I joined Hewlett Packard Enterprise, I was pleased to see our genuine commitment to unconditional inclusion and an emphasis on increasing the ranks of talented women in technical roles. While there remains work to be done, I’m proud that HPE is among the leaders in this area.
At HPE, we encourage bold thinking and relentless curiosity. We empower team members to think strategically, be business leaders, and contribute to decisions so they can define their careers and have a positive impact on HPE’s direction and success. One way we do that is with Innovation Quest – an annual, global contest for team members to submit ideas that will help accelerate what’s next for HPE. In 2021, Innovation Quest received over a thousand submissions from around the globe. One of the five winning ideas in 2021, HPE GreenLake for Underrepresented Startups, proposed that we can use innovation as a force for good.
The HPE Diversity Startup program was designed by HPE engineers Joyce Roosz and Ana Rios-Rodriguez, to focus on helping businesses that serve mothers, people of color, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities excel. The program, which they designed working closely with HPE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) team, provides startups with credits to use HPE GreenLake services so they can deliver digital solutions to these underserved communities more economically and effectively. The program was built out in the summer of 2021 and a year later The Provdotnet Group was identified as a channel partner to help roll out HPE GreenLake services to startups as part of their Alpha3 Cloud service offerings.
Less than two years later, after lots of planning and integration work, a women-owned company called Joyuus was selected as the inaugural startup for the program and was onboarded in January of 2023. Joyuus is a digital health innovator dedicated to creating accessible well-being resources for mothers and those who care for them during their post-partum journey. Joyuus is specifically geared towards providing real-time, evidence-based, actionable health information and resources across physical, mental, and ‘real world’ needs to each of their users. The postpartum period (the first twelve months after giving birth) is critical for both maternal and child health and there are vast racial and ethnic disparities experienced by Black, Latina and other BIPOC women that need to be addressed.
We are thrilled that HPE GreenLake, through our partnership with Provdotnet’s Alpha3 Cloud services, is helping provide Joyuus with the right-sized infrastructure platform and cloud services that serve their business needs.
As we close out Women’s History Month, I feel grateful to be part of an organization that has given me the opportunity to work with innovators from all walks of life, and to see women engineers thrive in an industry where they are still underrepresented. I look forward to watching Ana and Joyce’s program grow and benefit more startups, and to encourage all of my colleagues across HPE find new ways to be a force for good.