Health Leads in the News

When Poverty Makes You Sick, A Lawyer Can Be the Cure

When Poverty Makes You Sick, A Lawyer Can Be the Cure

July 17th, 2014
Simply being poor can make a person sick — from where she lives and works to what she eats and the air she breathes.  This article highlights the ways in which clinically integrated legal programs are working with families in order to improve their health.  It highlights a number of programs that address the social determinants including Medical-Legal Partnerships, Reach Out And Read, and Health Leads.

Four Keys to Scaling a Community Solution

Four Keys to Scaling a Community Solution

July 2nd, 2014
The Salesforce Foundation recently announced the 2014 Force for Change call for grant submissions.  This article highlights some of the work of recent Force for Change grantees, including Health Leads, Beyond 12, and Capital Impact Partners.  Using a Force for Change grant, Health Leads created a three-year plan to build what we now know as ClientConnect, our resource database and case management system. Read more.

7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism

7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism

June 24th, 2014
This Fast Company article points to the key drivers that will take organizations from small-scale progress to full-scale impact. Several organizations, including Health Leads, YearUp, and LIFT, are named as members of “a new generation of fearless social entrepreneurs and community leaders that give us reason to feel optimistic against all odds.”  Read more.

Lessons from the Transformative Scale Series

Lessons from the Transformative Scale Series

June 19th, 2014
A Stanford Social Innovation Review article highlights the key themes from its recent “transformative scale” blog series.  Health Leads is named as an organization that is forming strategic partnerships in order to achieve true impact. Read more.

Health Leads Expands Movement to Place Social Needs at the Center of Preventive Care

Health Leads Expands Movement to Place Social Needs at the Center of Preventive Care

June 9th, 2014
This TEDMED blog highlights some of the major milestones at Health Leads in 2014, including new partnerships and a $16M grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and our plans for expansion in the years to come.  Read more.

Addressing Patients’ Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment

Addressing Patients’ Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment

May 28th, 2014
Changes to the healthcare landscape have brought patients’ non-medical needs to the forefront of discussions on how to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.  A new study from The Commonwealth Fund demonstrates that providers now believe that investing in interventions addressing their patients’ social as well as clinical needs makes good business sense.  Read more.

Conversations on Healthcare

Conversations on Healthcare

May 26th, 2014
In this episode of Community Health Center, Inc.’s “Conversations on Healthcare”, Chief of Staff Sonia Sarkar discusses Health Leads’ program and vision to drive systemic change in the healthcare system.  Listen to the full segment.

How Being Poor Makes You Sick

How Being Poor Makes You Sick

May 21st, 2014
Low-income patients are often faced with a number of barriers to achieving good health, including lack of access to healthy food, places to exercise, and quality housing.  “How Being Poor Makes You Sick” describes the ways in which poverty impacts health — from brain function to risk of developing a chronic disease.  Health Leads is offered as a program addressing patients’ non-medical needs within the clinic setting.  Read more.

Transformative Pathways to Improving Health Care

Transformative Pathways to Improving Health Care

May 8th, 2014
In “Transformative Pathways to Improving Health Care”, Health Leads’ Rebecca Onie, Sarah Di Troia, and Sonia Sarkar outline the organization’s plan for growth — strategically scaling in a way that drives true system change in the healthcare sector.  In looking at other organizations that have scaled impact successfully, Health Leads has learned that peer-to-peer championship across health systems will be far more effective and efficient than simply increasing in size.  Read more.

New Model Seeks to Address Social Factors Shaping Health

New Model Seeks to Address Social Factors Shaping Health

April 24, 2014
In Reporting on Health, “New Model Seeks to Address Social Factors Shaping Health” explains the new push in healthcare to address patients social needs, highlighting the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s recent $16M investment in Health Leads’ next strategic plan as an important milestone in the current conversations on health.  Read more.