Health Leads

Health Leads

Changing the way healthcare is delivered in America

Our work has always been about more than just serving the next patient. We are in it to change the game.
Rebecca Onie,
Co-Founder and CEO, Health Leads

Health Leads is on the cusp of permanently changing the health care system.
Eliza Greenberg,
Managing Partner, New Profit Innovation Fund

Patients take non-medical prescriptions to a Health Leads Desk in the clinic waiting room, where college student Advocates work side-by-side with the patients to access community resources and public benefits.

We developed a hypothesis that we could build a portfolio of health system partners and place our programs in those systems. All of a sudden, we saw that systemic change could happen.
- Rebecca Onie,
Co-Founder and CEO, Health Leads

2012: New Profit makes a $2 million reinvestment in Health Leads.

2007: New Profit bets on Rebecca Onie and invests $3.1 million in Health Leads, which has grown from a small outpost at Boston Medical Center to a burgeoning national network.

At Health Leads’ sites, physicians and other providers can prescribe food, heat, and other basic resources alongside prescriptions for medication.

More than 75% percent of Health Leads’ 4,400 volunteer alums report working in poverty and health care—and of those, 54% work specifically with underserved populations, bringing with them this integrated perspective.

At the 2014 Gathering of Leaders, Health Leads announced a transformative partnership with Kaiser Permanente to roll out integrated care in the company's hospitals and clinics in California, with the hope of improving outcomes and influencing other systems.

Working with New Profit, Health Leads built a compelling business case for healthcare institutions to pay for the organization's services; 13 of 20 of Health Leads hospital and community health center partners are either partially or fully paying for services.

In part through collaboration with New Profit, Health Leads evolved its model by shifting away from after-school program operation and towards a health desk-focused approach.

2009: Health Leads begins its strategic planning process with help from New Profit, Monitor Institute (now a part of Deloitte Consulting) and other partners.

Our work has always been about more than just serving the next patient. We are in it to change the game.
Rebecca Onie,
Co-Founder and CEO, Health Leads

Health Leads is on the cusp of permanently changing the health care system.
Eliza Greenberg,
Managing Partner, New Profit Innovation Fund

At Health Leads’ sites, physicians and other providers can prescribe food, heat, and other basic resources alongside prescriptions for medication.

Patients take non-medical prescriptions to a Health Leads Desk in the clinic waiting room, where college student Advocates work side-by-side with the patients to access community resources and public benefits.

More than 75% percent of Health Leads’ 4,400 volunteer alums report working in poverty and health care—and of those, 54% work specifically with underserved populations, bringing with them this integrated perspective.

At the 2014 Gathering of Leaders, Health Leads announced a transformative partnership with Kaiser Permanente to roll out integrated care in the company's hospitals and clinics in California, with the hope of improving outcomes and influencing other systems.

We developed a hypothesis that we could build a portfolio of health system partners and place our programs in those systems. All of a sudden, we saw that systemic change could happen.
- Rebecca Onie,
Co-Founder and CEO, Health Leads

Working with New Profit, Health Leads built a compelling business case for healthcare institutions to pay for the organization's services; 13 of 20 of Health Leads hospital and community health center partners are either partially or fully paying for services.

2012: New Profit makes a $2 million reinvestment in Health Leads.

In part through collaboration with New Profit, Health Leads evolved its model by shifting away from after-school program operation and towards a health desk-focused approach.

2007: New Profit bets on Rebecca Onie and invests $3.1 million in Health Leads, which has grown from a small outpost at Boston Medical Center to a burgeoning national network.

2009: Health Leads begins its strategic planning process with help from New Profit, Monitor Institute (now a part of Deloitte Consulting) and other partners.