Promoting an equitable, accessible dermatologic culture.
Founded in 2011, Dermetel is a 501-c(3) nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion of dermatologic disease awareness and the institution of programs and services to alleviate dermatologic health disparities. It was founded by students, for patients worldwide.
712 H Street NE, Suite 1341 Washington, DC 20001
Camp Groovy is a free, residential summer camp for pediatric dermatology patients from ages 3 to 18. As dermatologic diseases are so visually apparent, many children with diseases ranging from alopecia to xenoderma pigmentosum are subject to bullying and ridicule in schools. We believe these children deserve a safe space to have fun and make lifelong friendships through character-building, enjoyable activities in athletics, arts, crafts, and creative writing. 127 children have benefited from this program since 2017. Starting in 2019, campers can choose to stay from one week to the full twelve weeks. Returning campers have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills as well mentored under camp counselors who are medical students, graduate students, and law students at the nation’s top schools. As well, all campers receive extensive meditation training from zen practitioners.
SUNSAFE SKIN CANCER SEMINARS AND SCREENINGS
Dermetel's signature SunSafe skin cancer awareness seminar and skin cancer screenings were launched in Toronto in 2011 and have expanded to offerings in five countries and forty-five cities since. A combination of a prevention speech and mass sunscreen distribution and skin cancer screenings, Dermetel helps college students feel confident about rejecting the services provided by indoor tanning beds and instead opting for spray tans and sun protection to decrease their risk of developing skin cancer in the future. Though this program has been discontinued, the lasting legacy of raising the profile of sunscreen use in the college population lives on in freshman and Greek Life orientations: “it’s cool to be sun safe with sunscreen.”
Dermetel's Teledermatology Solution is a free, HIPAA-compliant, teledermatology service for patients in the states of Michigan, North Carolina, and Georgia, as well as the province of Ontario. Free 7-minute consultation services are offered by four board-certified dermatologists for patients. Over 9,000 rural and underserved patients have benefited from the program since 2017. Dermetel's founder described dermatology access inequities at her 2016 TEDx Talk, and solved the problem in 2017. As of 2018, Dermetel has partnered with Doxy.Me to offer this service to the widest number of patients possible, and to date 800 people have benefitted. Dermetel is very proud that additional dermatologists in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Quebec have agreed to see underserved patients. More dermatologists will join soon as well.
Dermetel launched its dermatology film production arm in 2015, and has produced two films to date. Operation: #BanTheTan is an animated short documentary that covers the indoor tanning bed craze, and Environmental Dermatology is an animated short documentary discussing the influence UV radiation has on dermatologic health. Both films have been shown regularly at our SunSafe seminars on college campuses worldwide since 2015 and will be distributed via Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play in early 2019. Dermetel is currently working on a feature-length documentary chronicling the journey to bring two medications to market: ideation, creation, small batch, clinical trials, manufacturing, and distribution.
DERMETEL SUNSCREEN RACE
Dermetel started organizing races in 2015, and has expanded from 5K to half-marathon and Boston qualifying marathon races in locations throughout the United States and Canada. In 2018, the races were held in Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver BC; in 2019, the races will be held in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Boston and we are hoping to have more turnout to raise the profile of dermatology disease. We aim to continue fundraising via our marathons to help Dermetel take our co-developed therapeutics to FDA clinical trials and to continue to provide funding to keep decorating the amazing Camp Groovy camp site in bright yellow and orange. Dermetel is keen to go beyond simply raising awareness about dermatologic disease and focus primarily on the most impactful and life-enhancing systems and tools to foster dermatologic justice.
CLINICAL TRIALs and supplements
Dermetel is passionate about helping patients worldwide. To this end, we are determined to bring medications and supplements to market to address the disparities in care for those with rare dermatologic and dermatologic genetic diseases. By fostering an open dialogue with patients and customers, Dermetel has been able to acquire IP from a start-up and find sustainable manufacturing in Canada to help close the gap between the haves and have nots in dermatology access and care. Dermetel offers two supplements for free, and they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Enrollment for the supplement clinical trial opens in early 2019. Enrollment for the ERT surgical clinical trial opens at a date TBA.
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