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Telemedicine Startup to Open First Retail Clinic

Health care startup Kiira Health is launching its first brick-and-mortar location in Los Angeles alongside a mobile clinic initiative that will allow the company to provide services to underserved communities.

The physical location is planned to open next month at 7225 Melrose Ave. and will offer services such as gynecology, primary care, mental health and other wellness services. The location will be complemented by a mobile clinic initiative that will focus on communities with limited access to health services.

In-person services mark a milestone in Kiira’s evolution as a company, which first delivered care as a telemedicine service through its mobile app, where users could consult with doctors and therapists 24/7.
Kiira has stated that it is focused on addressing the medical needs of young multicultural women and encouraging them to be proactive about managing their health. The company released the app for colleges and universities in California and New York last year.

The clinic comes after Kiira closed a $4 million seed funding round last December. The round was led by 500 Global and Forum VC and had participation from the California Healthcare Foundation and Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by tennis star Serena Williams.

“After evaluating the health care market, it was clear to us that young women are deeply underserved by our existing health care infrastructure. We believe Kiira has the potential to become a leader in women’s health,” Michael Cardamone, chief executive and managing partner at Forum, said in a statement.

“We have designed Kiira connected care, a care model that gives people more choices and establishes comprehensive, personalized and truly interconnected patient workflows, to support a combination of telehealth and in-person appointments,” Kiira Chief Executive Crystal Adesanya said in a statement.
The flagship location will serve as a blueprint for Kiira’s future locations, according to the company.

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