PAHOKEE — A local nurse practitioner is one of just 10 finalists nationwide in the American Heart Association’s Empowered to Serve Business Accelerator. Through the program, she has a chance to receive a grant of up to $50,000 to help her grow her health clinic.
Jinga Oglesby-Brihm, DNP, APRN, ANP-C, is a longtime healthcare practitioner, with a background as a nurse practitioner working with heart transplants patients.
“The Business Accelerator isn’t just professional for me, it’s personal,” Oglesby-Brihm says. “I’m honored to be working with the American Heart Association, an organization I really appreciate, to help my practice succeed and reach residents in need.”
The Business Accelerator is a 6-week business training program for entrepreneurs helping to address a social determinant of health. It will culminate in a virtual finale Oct. 20, where each finalist will present their business idea, and three will receive grants toward their business.
“Fan favorite” voting on finalists will begin Oct. 6, and the fan favorite finalist will receive a $5,000 grant for their business. The No. 1 and No. 2 finalists as determined by the judges will receive a $50,000 and $25,000 grant, respectively.
Learn more and vote at Heart.org/EmpoweredToServe
Oglesby-Brihm opened her own practice, Empower Healthcare, Inc., on Saturday, Sept. 10. It serves Pahokee and Glades residents, who otherwise have limited access to healthcare.
Oglesby-Brihm has been providing medical care in The Glades through house calls for more than eight years. Her practice, located at 491 E Main Street in Pahokee, FL 33476, is a primary healthcare center and women’s health provider for the community. Until the opening of her practice, female residents had to drive at least 20 miles to reach a women’s health clinic.
“We want to help empower the community members of the Glades to live their best life, a life they so richly deserve,” Oglesby-Brihm says. “I want to be a facilitator to advocate with them and meet their health needs.”
The American Heart Association Palm Beach County serves the residents of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Board members will assist the organization in guiding efforts to reduce the incidences of heart disease and stroke, the Nos. 1 and 5 leading killers, respectively, of American men and women.