Shireen Abdullah

After spending most of her career as a project manager and management consultant, Shireen Abdullah decided to pursue her passion and became a nutri-preneur. While managing her own illness, she realized the importance of pairing cultural nutrition education with an empowering, patient-centered care model to close gaps in health equity for minorities. Her startup is called Yumlish, an AI-powered, culturally relevant nutrition therapy platform for people of color with diabetes that addresses socioeconomic barriers to dietary adherence.  

Yumlish is creating an AI-powered cultural nutritional therapy solution for people of color with diabetes and is addressing socioeconomic barriers to dietary adherence. Through the Yumlish program, patients lose weight and lower A1C levels, leading to reduced health care costs. Current revenue comes from reimbursable encounters with opportunities to grow into population health and managed care. The Yumlish team is looking to build partnerships in cardiovascular care.

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator ™ works with diverse social entrepreneurs and organizations improving social determinants of health in their community, which are health risk factors, especially for underserved populations. Social determinants include, but are not limited to, race bias, income, education, stress, pollution, housing availability, transportation and access to healthy foods.  

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YWCA SBDC is collaborative partner of the American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED to Serve.

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