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Dear Reader,

This edition of the Social Innovations Journal is curated by The Network: Toward Unity for Health (TUFH), an official non-state actor of the World Health Organization. TUFH is driven by a moral compact to mend the fabric of our communities upon which health depends. The Network: Toward Unity For Health is committed to driving communal interests by supporting local change agents toward the adoption and implementation of global policy recommendations. TUFH concentrates its efforts on practical tools and solutions that achieve action by local change networks.

TUFH does its work by bringing the “Partnership Pentagram” to life by supporting local change agents and networks. TUFH’s “Partnership Pentagram” is framed within the sustainable development goals and social determinants of health, emphasizing that creating a health system based upon people’s needs must not only involve the five key players in the change process, but must do so within the context of where people live and work. TUFH engages policymakers, academic institutions, health professionals, and communities to collectively address the underlying barriers to healthy individuals and communities.

This edition highlights three policy action papers on women, migrant and refugee populations, and aging society health which were driven by TUFH’s policy fellows and guided by global thought leaders through TUFH’s taskforces. Each policy action paper provides concrete policy recommendations and actions steps for ministries of health, academic institutions, and health systems to adopt and implement. This edition also highlights best practices around the globe on the adoption and implementation of best practices in women, migrant and refugee, remote and rural, and aging society health.

Around the world, global health policy leaders and associations are convening global leaders, publishing research and policy articles, and releasing “call to action” initiatives for political leaders and health system institutions to adopt and implement. Many of these recommendations are framed within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, indirectly correlated with the social determinants of health, indicating that health is much broader than clinical interventions. Today, we witness hospitals and health systems being more like “repair shops,” trying to correct the damage of causes collectively denoted “social determinants of health.” The global fabric of our communities upon which health depends is torn and we must heal this fabric through communal interests.

We hope this edition is a first step toward healing this fabric. 

Sincerely,

Nicholas Torres
Co-founder
 


Articles 

 

Geriatric Matrix Support for the Family Health Strategy: integrating a Medical Residency Program in Primary Care
Luciana Branco da Motta

 

Aging Society
Sun-Ming Jessica PanYi Li

 

In the Era of New Discoveries Emerging Everyday About Healthy Aging and Complicated Disorders, Elderly Tribal Women of Rural Remote Communities are Living with Treatable Disorders
Shakunatala Chhabra Chhabra

 

Health of Migrant and Refugees
Mengchun Zhou, Julia Lechuga, Akiko Maeda, Arthur Kaufman, Laura Parajon

 

Community-based Health Insurance Among Refugees in Rwanda
Eric MUGABO

 

Eradicating the Pandemic of Violence against Women (VaW) during COVID-19: the critical imperative for health
kumi, prof., Isabelle Luzuriaga

 

Every Woman Counts Fighting Pregnancy-Related Sepsis
Dr. Sandra Dimitri, Dr. Rania Hassan Ahmed, Dr. Mohamed Hamed Salama, Prof. Dr. Ashraf Nabhan

 

The Role of Medical Students at the University of Gezira in Promoting Women’s Health in the Gezira State
Mohammed Ahmed AL_mogadam

 

The Genesis and Revelation on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC): What We Know So Far and What We Expect to Know in the Future from Ghanaian Perspectives
Ephraim Kumi Senkyire

 

Maternal Mortality Reduction in Low-resource Settings, A Successful Story of University of Gezira Initiative for Safe Motherhood and Childhood
Elhadi Miskeen

 

Maternal Health Education Mini Campaign
Ala Khalid

 

The Influence, Choice and Use of Contraceptives by teenage girls in Sunyani west district, Ghana
Todd Nursing Maja

 

Building A Primary Care Center Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration
María de la Paz Grebe, Angel Centeno, Campos Soledad

 

A Case Study of Canada’s Rural Practice Training 21st-Century Journey
Dr. James Rourke, Dr. Ruth Wilson, Dr. Ivy Oandasan, Ms. Carmela Bosco

 

Mother and Child Health Suffers in Remote Villages with Extreme Poverty, Possibilities of Sustainable Services for Survival
Shakunatala Chhabra Chhabra

Dear Reader,

This edition of the Social Innovations Journal was curated by The Network: Toward Unity for Health (TUFH), an official non state actor of the World Health Organization (WHO). TUFH is driven by a moral compact to mend the fabric of our communities upon which health depends. The Network: Toward Unity For Health is committed to drive communal interests by supporting local change agents work toward the adoption and implementation of global policy recommendations. TUFH concentrates its efforts on practical tools and solutions that can achieve action by local change networks.

TUFH does its work by bringing the "Partnership Pentagram" to life by supporting local change agents and Networks. TUFH’s "Partnership Pentagram" is framed within the sustainable development goals and social determinants of health emphasizing that creating a health system based upon people’s needs must not only involve the five key players in the change process, but must also do so within the context of where people live and work. TUFH engages policymakers, academic institutions, health professionals, and communities to collectively address the underlying barriers to healthy individuals and communities.

This edition highlights three policy action papers on social accountability and accreditation, interprofessional education and team-based care, and population health which were driven by TUFH’s policy fellows and guided by global thought leaders through TUFH’s Taskforces. Each policy action paper provides concrete policy recommendations and action steps for ministries of health, academic institutions, and health systems to adopt and implement. This edition also highlights best practices around the globe on the adoption and implementation of social accountability and accreditation, interprofessional education and team-based care, and population health.

Around the world, global health policy leaders and associations are convening global leaders, publishing research and policy articles, and releasing “call to action” initiatives for political leaders and health system institutions to adopt and implement. Many of these recommendations are framed within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, indirectly correlated with the social determinants of health, indicating that health is much broader than clinical interventions. Today, we witness hospitals and health systems being more like “repair shops,” trying to correct the damage of causes collectively denoted “social determinants of health.” The global fabric of our communities upon which health depends is torn and we must heal this fabric through communal interests.

We hope this edition is a first step toward healing the fabric of our communities. 

Sincerely,

Nicholas Torres
Co-founder
 


Articles 

Social Accountability and Accreditation
Titi Savitri Prihatiningsih, Yassein Kamal, Robert Woollard, Julian Fisher, Mohamed Elhassan Abdalla, Charles Boelen

 

Enhancing Social Accountability Skills in Medical Students Through Community School Projects
Mary Mathew

 

Experiential Learning for Social Accountability: Dhanvatari Seva Yatra by Government Medical College Bhavnagar Students and Faculty
Chinmay Shah

 

'Experiential Learning of Social Responsibility' -- A Case Study from D. A. Pandu Memorial R. V. Dental College, Bengaluru, India
Dr. S. Jyorsana

 

Linking Social Entrepreneur Education to Strengthen A Medical School’s Social Accountability Mission
Rachmad Bekti

 

Triggering the Art of Written Reflection in Medical Students
Dr. Anshu, Dr. Subodh S. Gupta

 

Interprofessional Education/Practice and Team-based Care
Samar Ahmed

 

Challenges and Strategies in the Construction of an Interprofessional Education Program: Collaborative Practice in the Context of Residency Programs
Luciana Branco da Motta, Celia Pereira Caldas, Liv Katyuska de Carvalho Sampaio de Souza, Neide Gomes Oliveira Miguel

 

Medical and Health Students Promoting IPE Using Innovative Approaches
Saad Uakkas

 

Development of Interprofessional Module in Dental Practice Management Education
Nanditha Sujir, Ciraj Ali Mohammed, Dilip G Naik, Ashita Uppoor, Animesh Jain

 

A Simulation-enhanced, Workplace-based Interprofessional Education for Patient Safety: Hacettepe University Undergraduate Experience
Melih Elcin

 

Establishment of the Centre for Dental Education, An Interprofessional Educational Initiative
Imran Pasha Mohammed

 

More than Bricks and Mortar: The Right to Healthy Housing
Brian Valdez, Dr Farah Shroff

 

Developing a Community Centered Approach in Public Health Advocacy: Utilizing Existing Community Social Groups ‘Chamas’ in Nairobi Urban Informal Settlements in Kenya
Daniel Waruingi

 

Engaging and Giving: The Role of Health Professionals for Social Innovation and the Care of Vulnerable Communities
Alejandro Avelino Bonilla, Maria del Mar Moreno Gomez

 

Multi-Sectoral Mapping for Nutrition (MS4N) in Sindh, Pakistan
Zahra Ladhani

 

Exceptional primary care for exceptional times in Chile
Philippa Moore, Klaus Puschel, Paulina Roajs, Paulina Pinto, Alvaro Tellez, Victoria Cuadra

 

Australian Aboriginal Community Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Rosalie Schultz

 

Addressing Students' Uncertainty During COVID-19 from the Social Accountability Standpoint, A Case Study of Menoufia Medical School
Nagwa N. hegazy, Rania M. Azmy, Naser A. Agizy

 

COVID19 Prevalence and Antibody Seroprevalence Among Individuals with Intellectual Disability
Scott Spreat; Tiffany Adams, Darlene Barnes, Jennifer Caputo, Dawn Diamond, Tine, Deborah Jones, Stephen Kolesk

Dear Reader,

We are excited to announce our partner organization, Woods Services (Woods), joined us to curate and launch our Spring 2020 edition, “An Insight into Social Innovations Within the Human Services System and Population Health.” This edition arrives, as we keep hearing everywhere, at an “unprecedented” time. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is changing the landscape for health and human services for our society on a daily basis, exposing many gaps and flaws in health care, public health, and other systems that govern this vital sector and affect all of us. While we don’t know what the full impact of COVID-19 will be, we do know that the social sector is helping pave the way for other organizations to think outside of the box while continuing to provide critical services -- and these supports are more important now than they have ever been. 

In the human services space, Woods is an organization that has started to make the shift to population health as part of a transformational process that recognizes the remarkable potential for social innovation lies where the human services system meets population health. The relevance and applicability of population health to the human services is often overlooked as it is predominantly associated with the health care industry. However, health and human service leaders are shedding the old ways of doing business in favor of new approaches that are innovative, efficient, effective, and responsive to the needs and demands of focus populations.  

Our work at the Social Innovations Journal is driven by the belief that “the potential for good ideas to inspire more good ideas cannot be underestimated.” In this edition, health and human services leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs share ideas on meaningful and inclusive strategic planning practices that disrupt the status quo; effective change processes that result in successful and sustainable changes at both the micro (organizational) and macro (state-wide systems) levels; technological innovations that engage people in the healing process; and much more.

As you read these articles (summarized below) we believe you too will gain a greater sense of the promise that the intersectionality of social innovation, population health, and change initiatives hold across the spectrum of the human services system. We also are excited to announce an exciting new development from our Journal – the launch of peer-reviewed articles. This edition includes our first four peer-reviewed articles that we hope provide a greater level of insight, best practices, and nuances in innovation for our readers across sectors. As the newest addition to our journal family, we are proud to publish these articles reviewed by peers within their respective fields who have expertise in the topic of the manuscript and that will be published as part of special editions of our Journal.

We hope that you are as inspired by the stories, policies, and work shared in this edition as we are, and that each of us finds a way to make a difference in our community and world as we come together to face the challenges of COVID-19. We are better together, and we will come out of this crisis even stronger than before.  

  

Yours in Innovation,

Tine Hansen-Turton
Special Edition Chair and Journal Co-Founder

Nicholas Torres
Journal Co-Founder

Dr. Scott Spreat 
Special Edition Chair

“An Insight into Social Innovations within the Human Services System and Population Health” 

 


 

Article Summaries 

KenCrest’s Journey into Something New; Improving Social Innovation through Our ‘WHY’
Marian Baldini, MBA, MS, CEO and President, KenCrest

Strategic plans in the nonprofit human services sector are often not used as living, functioning documents. KenCrest, a human service provider of supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, uses its strategic plan to guide daily conversations and drive strategic and operational decisions. This article describes how KenCrest uses its strategic plan to force important conversations about the challenges that are facing the industry and how it will respond to them. By reframing its mission and vision and building organizational capacity, KenCrest is reshaping how business can be done in a heavily regulated, compliance-minded industry by focusing on its “why.” Baldini illustrates how good planning facilitates innovation and leads to breakthroughs. 

 

Does More Staff Make Individuals Safer?
Karin Annerhed-Harris, Associate Director, Alliance of Community Service Providers

This article shares a process that was used to challenge and ultimately change long-standing assumptions and time-honored practices regarding the provision of services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By convening a steering committee comprised of stakeholder representatives and piloting its recommendations, advocates invested in advancing “Everyday Lives” for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities were successful in eliminating the staffing grid, a tool which is commonly used by state intellectual disability departments to determine staffing levels, and replacing it with an innovative approach to ensure appropriate levels of services and supports.

 

Organizational Culture Change
Peter Shubiak, LCSW

The literature consistently cites a 60-70 percent failure rate in regard to organizational change efforts. Transitioning an organization from a current state to a desired future state, regardless of the scale, magnitude or duration of the project, requires that people at all levels of the organization understand, support, and adopt the changes. In other words, an organization’s capacity to achieve its goals correlates with its ability to shape its culture in support of them. This article provides examples of the ways in which Woods Services, a multi-service population health management and advocacy organization, set out to create an intentional organizational culture in support of its strategies and transformational initiatives. The culture shaping initiatives described in this article demonstrate the concerted efforts Woods made to align its corporate culture with its strategic and transformational goals in the areas of employee engagement and development; innovation; quality standards; and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

 

Philanthropy Disrupting the Human Service Ecosystem; Using Innovative Approaches to Strategic Planning and Grant-making
Vanessa B. Briggs, Brandywine Health Foundation and Tammy Dowley-Blackman, Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group, LLC

Committed to diminishing social, economic, and health disparities, the Brandywine Health Foundation adopted an innovative and community-inclusive strategic planning process that was designed to balance power by putting the voices of community residents front and center; achieve greater community impact by integrating issue areas; and facilitate integration among the more than 280 nonprofit organizations in its community. By embedding inclusion, diversity and equity into its strategic planning process, in addition to balancing intentionality with disruption of the status quo, the Foundation identified new priorities and transformed its philanthropic approach. This article invites other foundations to join forces by creating collaborative funding models across sectors, using this planning approach to drive disruptive change and to achieve deeper and sustained impact.

 

Creating Space for Processing and Healing: Amplifying Survivor Stories Through The Online Platform Our Wave
Laura Sinko, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Our Wave and Kyle Linton, Executive Director, Our Wave

It is estimated that one in three women and nearly one in four men have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives, bringing lasting feelings of shame, self-blame, confusion, and isolation. Our Wave is a recently formed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and innovative online platform that allows survivors of sexual violence to anonymously and safely share their experiences. This article describes the features of the platform and future directions and implications of this organization. By giving survivors a platform and a direct bridge to accessible online resources, Our Wave hopes to encourage survivor engagement in the healing process.

 

A Population Health Approach for People with Intellectual Disabilities Using a Patient-Centered Medical Home Model
Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, FCPP, FAAN, President and Chief Executive Officer, Woods Services and Liz Hayden, MPH and MS Ed, Strategy Development Director, Woods Services

Despite advancements in the arenas of medicine and civil liberties, people with disabilities continue to experience significant barriers to care and health disparities. Woods Services adopted the principles and practices of population health management and implemented new service models that address the social determinants of health and incorporate the tenets of the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Results of a one-year pilot of the Patient-Centered Medical Home approach delivered by the Medical Center at Woods include a 35 percent reduction of in-patient hospitalizations and a 39 percent decrease of in-patient expenses. In addition, emergency room costs were down by 2.3 percent, and total costs declined by 8.7 percent.  

 

An Innovative Public-Private Partnership Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic
Liz Hayden, MPH and MS Ed, Strategy Development Director, Woods Services and Nancy De Leon Link, MGA, Chief of Staff, Homestead Smart Health Plans

Woods Services, a nonprofit population health organization employing 2,000 people, and Homestead Smart Health Plans have been working collaboratively, with Homestead serving as Woods employee health benefits vendor. This unique collaboration arises out of the shared population health focus of each entity, and the willingness on the part of each to continually develop creative and innovative ways to enhance benefits for employees, improve their health, and optimize health care savings so that Woods can continue to deliver on its core mission -- to provide comprehensive services to people with intellectual disabilities, autism, behavioral challenges, and medical complexities. Homestead’s reference-based pricing model enabled Woods to save on health insurance costs, allowing savings to be reinvested in a robust employee engagement strategy. This strategy is showing positive results. Now more than ever a population health strategy is critical for both the clients Woods serves and the employees who care for them, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

America’s Silent Healthcare Army
Nathan Bronstein, MPA, MsED, MSSP and Michael Clark, MPA

Nearly 450,000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) work in virtually every health care touchpoint in the U.S., filling the nation’s health care gaps. These highly trained and certified medical professionals and the Convenient Care Clinics, in which many of them work, demonstrate the ability to lower health care costs, increase health care accessibility, reduce ER wait times, and improve the overall health outcomes of Americans everywhere. Research consistently reflects that the health care provided by NPs and PAs is comparable in quality to physician care. NPs and PAs are needed more than in ever in the fight against pandemics, natural disasters, and other health care crises. The authors make a compelling case for eliminating practice authority restrictions for NPs and PAs, a tactic that is used to limit their scope of practice and to curtail the expansion of Convenient Care Clinics. 

 

Pandemic Problems:  Remaining Positive and Finding Creative Solutions During Crisis
Joe Mancini, Executive Director, Region 2, KenCrest

In the spirit of social innovation, Joe Mancini describes KenCrest’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a crisis which represents a challenging obstacle “allowing for amazing opportunities in the future.” This article serves as a snapshot of a moment in time during the pandemic, the rapid-fire decisions that need to be made moment-to-moment to creatively manage staffing ratios and shortages, including redeploying staff to serve in residential group homes and using technology in innovative ways.

 

Restore, Repair, Renew: Remediating the Effects of Systemic Racism on Healthy Housing
By Cedric Steenberghs and Jill Roberts

Data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) shows that 76 percent of Philadelphians seeking loans of $10,000 or less to repair their homes are denied. The Restore, Repair, Renew (RRR) program is combating the racist legacy of redlining by providing capital for urgent home repair needs to homeowners across Philadelphia. Leveraging support from key organizations across Philadelphia, the City Government and City Council members, RRR is creating a new opportunity to support much needed repairs to older homes across Philadelphia to reduce detriments to the health and well-being of the community. 

 

An Update on Nonprofit M&A Strategies in Human Services
J. Kevin Fee, President, Angler West Consultants, Inc.

The human services industry is being disrupted, and will soon be transformed, by shifts in the technologies essential to delivering and collecting for services, and the basis on which services are purchased. With increasing frequency, the strategic responses of human services providers to disruption have included greater openness to business combinations. This essay focuses on the business model considerations relevant to nonprofit human services industry consolidators.

 

Planning for Independence & Integration: Equal Access to Everyday Technology for People with Cognitive Disabilities
Sherri T. Portnoy, MBA; Rene Burke, MS, BSN, RN; & Shaleea Shields

As many working in the field know, the current systems and infrastructure designed to support people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) is unsustainable. To meet the market challenges shaping the system, Merakey, a developmental, behavioral health, and education non-profit provider, is exploring technology to meet the needs of the IDD population, while adding the value to the system. Our goal is to use technology supports to empower individuals to be more independent, while using fewer staff and government resources. Using smart home automation, remote medical supports, remote passive supports, communication technology, and wearable technology, Merakey is solving industry-wide systemic problems, while at the same time helping the people we serve to living meaningful lives and to meet the goals they have defined for themselves as part of a person-centered plan.

 

Outcomes of Self-Determination in New Hampshire
James W. Conroy, PhD, President of Center for Outcome Analysis, Anita Yuskauskas, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of Health Policy & Administration Program, Penn State Lehigh Valley, & Scott Spreat, EdD, Vice President for Evaluation & Research Woods Services

With the seemingly inevitable movement towards managed care in Intellectual Disability and Autism services, this study illustrates the potential utility of an alternative approach. Enabling the service recipient (and his/her circle of friends) to control the dollars allocated for his/her support, a self-determination approach was demonstrated empirically to yield reduced costs and increased personal autonomy

 

The Mystery of Wide Variation in Rates of Inclusion: Does Money Make a Difference?
Kathryn Lee Christiana, PhD, Supervisor of Gifted Education Arcadia University & James W. Conroy, PhD, President of Center for Outcome Analysis 

This study reports on a wide variation in the inclusion of students with disabilities in Pennsylvania public schools. Statistical analyses using demographic information and fiscal information were able to explain only a small portion of this variability. The authors called for additional research on the variability of school-based inclusion efforts.

 

Alternative Approach to Recruitment and Retention
Dawn Diamond, M.S., Executive Vice President of Operations, Woods Services and Erin Drummond, MS, Training Director Woods Services

The Intellectual Disability field continues to face a workforce crisis in which programs are unable to hire a sufficient number of qualified applicants for the Direct Support Professional position. It appears unlikely that significant additional funding will be made available to create a balance between supply and demand with regard to DSP. This paper outlines a number of relatively inexpensive approaches to both address the workforce problem and to develop lifetime career opportunities for staff. While outcome data are preliminary, they suggest that the outlined approaches have promise.

 

The Rise and Role of the Oldest Old: Need for Study and Theory
Anita Yuskauskas, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of Health Policy & Administration Program, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Elias Cohen, JD, & James W. Conroy, PhD, President Center for Outcome Analysis

This article identifies persons over 85 years in age as the fastest growing age group in the United States. The authors explore the ramifications of this trend and call for a re-evaluation of theories of aging. A framework for future research is offered.

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Dear Reader,

“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.”
- Dean Kamen

Today we are launching the latest edition of the Social Innovations Journal, “Latin America 2019: Edition 58.” This edition brings us full circle since we began 2019 with an introspective look at innovation in Latin America, and now in the final months of the year we are again returning to Latin America to provide you with a fresh look at innovation and its best practices. While there continues to be a thread of continuity across these editions, specifically breakthrough innovations focused on social mobility and empowerment of underserved communities. We also see in this edition a new perspective on these issues -- the reframing of challenges into opportunities that bring a community together in identifying and executing solutions.

We are excited to bring you organizations fighting to make health care more equitable like Blooders, a project that revamped the blood donation process through technology to increase dwindling blood supplies. The Uniminuto model which continues to improve social mobility through access to higher education for those at the bottom rung of the economic ladder in Colombia, that has now been successfully adopted in West Africa. And, Co-Meta in Jalisco, Mexico, making significant strides in promoting opportunities for women with train the trainer programs to advance empowerment efforts from educational opportunities to the workforce. 

There is new light being shed on old challenges with the collaborative work of Socialab as they embrace a social concern and collectively revision this concern as a challenge that requires the contributions of the entire community. The Escalera Foundation is looking beyond school dropout rates to find the root cause and utilizing incentives in innovative ways to support youth continuing their secondary school educations. Efforts to protect nationally, and globally, significant biodiversity in Mexico is taking place by mainstreaming biodiversity friendly management practices in productive landscapes in priority biological corridors. And, finally, this edition shares the top findings of the Corona Foundation’s decade-long work on inclusive employment practices to deliver the best practices and models on how to create a more inclusive employment market.

Our latest edition was curated by Maria-Alejandra Navas, our Journal’s international director, who brings authors from across Latin America together to provide myriad approaches to social concerns that are being tackled by social entrepreneurs from small startups to world-renowned foundations. We are excited to share the stories of the innovators of this edition who are cultivating a culture of hope and shifting the paradigm of their communities through impact from environmental sustainability to health care to education to women empowerment. Their collective energy and vision are reshaping the lives of those most in need and creating a path forward for a modern Latin America, and the world, as exemplified in the inspiring stories and work of these Changemakers.

We hope you not only learn new approaches but are inspired with a new perspective in addressing the concerns that too often threaten to stall human progress, but in reality, are only part of our journey to a better, brighter future for all.

Yours in innovation,

Alejandra Navas, International Director
Alescia M. Dingle, Managing Editor
Mike Clark, President
Nicholas Torres and Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-founders

  


Summary of the “Latin America 2019: Edition 58” articles: 

1. “Blooders: Transforming the Experiences of Donating Blood and Changing Paradigms”

by César Esquivel and Gisell Silva

Blooders is known for developing technology that transforms the Voluntary Blood Donation Activity into a positive experience. They have launched the first digital platform in LATAM which connect people who need blood with non-remunerated voluntary donors and hospitals to enhance the donation experience. If there is a patient that has encountered an emergency and needs blood, the mobile application allows the community to interact quickly and easily and enables members to help in the process of recruiting voluntary blood donors to meet the patient’s needs. Furthermore, Blooders developed an interactive website with a digital chatbot agent available 24/7 to interact with the community and a blood bank management system with visionary features. 

 

2. “Innovative Experience of International Cooperation for the Transference of a Higher Education Model Between Colombia and Ivory Coast”

by Jorge Enrique Gallego Vásquez and Ana María Cifuentes Camacho

The Minuto de Dios University (UNIMINUTO), is a higher education institution with a presence in Colombia for more than 27 years, during which time it has focused on providing opportunities for access to higher education to the population located at the base of the country’s economic pyramid. Through the national experiences, UNIMINUTO has provided two higher education institutions with support in their growth for the last ten years. This experience as well as its international recognitions,  prepared the transference of this model to other developing countries, which established a roadmap from the systematization of the model to become a standard of higher education that can be replicated in similar social and economic environments, as in the case of West Africa. 

 

3. “SOCIALAB: Making an Impact by Providing Solutions for the World”

by Valentina González

SociaLab works as a company with a strong focus on social impact, that researches and highlights problems that are affecting communities, regions, or the world. Then, with the help of different organizations, these problems become challenges. It calls upon creative minds, with talent and diverse knowledge, that are part of the SociaLab open innovation global platform, and society in general, to submit ideas that might end or mitigate the effects of the said problem. The focus is also on how these ideas also have the potential to become companies that might provide new opportunities, such as the same organizations that once supported them. In other words, SociaLab is concerned with broadening the impact and efficiency of sustainability strategies, innovation, and communication of both public and private organizations. Their work is achieved through the support of sustainable entrepreneurship ideas that have the potential to become part of the public agenda. 

 

4. “Finding the Best Incentives for Youth in Mexico to Continue Studying”

by Myriam Hernández Vázquez

Since 2013, the Escalera Foundation has generated evidence of the most efficient types of incentives to reduce school dropout rates in the most marginalized area of Mexico, the state of Chiapas. Through randomized controlled trials, the REACH program has assessed the effects of providing subsidies or subsidies and motivational materials to young people who are transitioning from junior high to high school. The latest results of this program indicate that, in general, subsidies have a positive effect on school continuity, even more so if these subsidies are accompanied with motivational content (showing an increase of six percentage points). Along with this evidence, Escalera identifies various relevant factors to ensure success in its programs that are focused on combatting school dropout rates among rural and indigenous populations.

 

5. “A Mexican Experience with the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: Transformative Insights for a Global Challenge”

by Pablo Fregoso

Coordinated work for biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability with the World Bank, the Global Environment Fund, and the Mexican government started in 1996, especially targeting the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. In that context, a new initiative was developed to promote mainstreaming biodiversity conservation with productive landscapes between 2012 and 2017. The specific objective of the project development was to conserve and protect nationally and globally significant biodiversity in Mexico through mainstreaming biodiversity friendly management practices in productive landscapes in priority biological corridors. This project implied a shift from original conservationist perspectives about the environment towards a view of productive and sustainable use of natural resources with a particular emphasis on the biological corridor region. 

 

6. “Co-Meta: A Collective Impact Experience to Promote the Economic Empowerment of Women in Jalisco: The Problem of the Empowerment of Low Economic Women”

by Magdalena Rodríguez

Following international trends, in Mexico today, only 42 percent of women older than 15 years old are employed compared with 75 of men of the same age according to the Encuesta Nacional de Ocupación y Empleo (ENOE). In 2016, ProSociedad set forth a proposal to develop a program to train social organizations and the public sector already involved directly or indirectly with the economic empowerment of women.  Co-Meta was formed in the framework of a macro project entitled “Jalisco Sin Hambre” (Jalisco Without Hunger) financed by CONACYT and the Secretary of Innovation, Science, and Technology of Mexico with the leadership of ITESO, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, among other academic institutions. 

 

7. “Learnings on Inclusive Employment in Colombia”

by Daniela Matiz and Germán Barragán 

Corona Foundation is a second-floor family foundation that has been working for the betterment of Colombia during the past 56 years. In 2011, the foundation assumed the second-floor role and started working in the area of strategy with a focus on monitoring and learning from initiatives and creating models that can be replicable on its two lines of action: education oriented to employment and education for participation. After nearly a decade of research in these topics, lessons learned can be included in the development of the Model of Inclusive Employment that this article best describes.  

Dear Reader,

For more than 10 years; The Social Innovations Journal has connected and inspired local change agents through the sharing of knowledge, best practices, and research to reduce poverty. Concrete impact and change require more than education and engagement -- it requires strategic action. This edition of the Social Innovations Journal highlights the strategies of key actors within the Philadelphia ecosystem who are collectively moving the needle on poverty.

To provide context, nearly one in four Philadelphians is living at or below the federal poverty line. Philadelphia's poverty rate is the highest among the 10 largest cities in the United States; and is more than double the national average. There are numerous city-run programs as well as 384 nonprofit organizations with the word "poverty" included in their missions that provide assistance to the residents of Philadelphia. Philadelphia City Council released its Poverty Action Plan focused on three strategies: Social Safety Net, Housing, and Jobs and Education.

Legislators, government, not-for-profits, academic institutions, and to some extent private companies are all tackling poverty. Despite these efforts, agreed upon strategies, and an ongoing call to action, limited change has occurred for the simple reason that poverty is complex. What is needed is an agreed upon shared measurements and evaluation system that can assess the collective efforts and impact for all organizations. A shared measurement and a system-wide evaluation system would accomplish three things:

  • Measure the collective impact of all organizations working on poverty in the region, with the understanding that poverty can be reduced if the collective is aligned on what is important to assess.
  • Transparency in reporting that will provide organizations, and the collective, the opportunity to adjust their strategies/initiatives if the agreed upon measurements are not being achieved.
  • Data gathering from the collective that can be used to influence local, state, and national anti-poverty policies.

Generally, local change is either driven by local change agents defined as individuals or institutions that are in a position to influence system behavior at their level OR policy change agents defined as governmental policymakers, regulators, or legislators who are advocating, organizing, and supporting change in a sustainable manner. Rather than local change agents working independently and often in isolation of each other, sustainable change will occur when change agents align their efforts towards collective impact through shared measurement goals.

At the Social Innovations Journal, we believe that if we create platforms for the fostering of dialogue, learning, new knowledge, and the creation of communities of practice then we will inspire local change and policy agents to take action locally through adopting and implementing policy and strategy recommendations.

We hope this edition inspires greater collaboration that results in collective action and impact to holistically address poverty in Greater Philadelphia as well as other ecosystems to ultimately help move individuals up the social mobility ladder to a living wage to reduce economic disparities. 

Sincerely,

Nicholas Torres
Edition Curator
 


Articles 

Will Philadelphia's Poverty Action Plan succeed in raising 100,000 residents out of poverty by 2024?
Bryan Wilkinson

 

Advancing the Economic Security of Women Through Equitable Community Engagement Practices
Diane Cornman-Levy, Cynthia Estremera Gauthier, Elizabeth Guman, Tashell Stevenson

 

The Greater Philadelphia 2020 College Rankings
Mike Clark

 

Helping Adult Learners Achieve Higher Education
David Castro, Cynda Clyde, Fernando Castro

 

Reimagining the Role of Post Secondary Education and Its Impact on Poverty
Carniesha, Dr. Owens

 

Advancing Learning Pathways and Economic Opportunity in the Era of COVID-19
Malik Brown

 

Financial Literacy Technologies Help Reduce Financial Barriers for First-Generation College Students
Fred Amrein

 

Virtu.us: Investing in Education and Human Capital in an Age of Government Decline
Eric Schnurer

 

Importance of a Place-based and Community-Moderated System of Research Oversight to Maximize Benefits for Social Change
Amy Carroll-Scott

 

The Importance of Small Business and Entrepreneurship as Strategies to Alleviate Poverty
Charlotte Merrick, Sylvie Gallier Howard

 

Investing Together to Build from Within
Jill Fink, Peter Gonzales

 

The Green Conservation Corp
Kimberlee Douglas, Drew Harris

 

Shifting Focus from Crisis to Goals
David Griffith

 

Cuantix: Innovating from Zones in Crisis
Adriana Mata

 

Cuantix: Innovando desde lugares en crisis
Adriana Mata

 

Queremos Graduarnos -- Growing with Quality
Ana Luisa Silva

 

Creciendo con Calidad: Queremos Graduarnos
Ana Luisa Silva

 

The Jenaro Aguirre Elorriaga Primary School and the Madre Maria Luisa Casar Foundation
Andreina Aguiar

 

Fundación Madre María Luisa Casar y Escuela Jenaro Aguirre Eliorraga
Andreina Aguiar

 

Dear Reader,

As we begin a new year full of aspirations and future goals, we must take a moment to reflect on the tireless efforts of our unsung heroes -- the social innovators and Changemakers whose work is reshaping our region and world today who we will recognize at our 2020 Social Innovations Awards. We are eager to celebrate the unparalleled wins of the social impact industry across Greater Philadelphia that continues to drive our collective desire for equity and opportunity as a common thread shared across sectors and industries, communities, families and people. In the words of Philadelphia’s favorite founding father, Benjamin Franklin, “A good example is the best sermon,” and we are in awe of the leadership demonstrated by this year’s cohort of nominees whose dedication to lifting up our brothers and sisters in need shines a light on a path forward for all people.

We also are proud to bring you our 59th edition and first publication of 2020. This edition curated by our co-founders, Nicholas Torres and Tine Hansen-Turton, and authored by graduate and professional degree students from the University of Pennsylvania, shines a light on the work and unwavering commitment of the social innovation leaders driving impact. These individuals work day-in and day-out not for glory or fame but to deliver opportunities to underserved communities across our region and communities beyond. These social leaders redefine how we think of leadership through their selflessness, and not seeking the spotlight but by instead shining a powerful light on the plight of individuals in need by offering a solution.

This edition, “LEADERSHIP,” is a collection of leadership profiles of 18 Leaders whose commitment to fairness, equity and upward mobility are what makes regions great. We have the honor of sharing the stories, inspirations, goals, and motivation behind the individuals pushing our communities forward through their own self-sacrificing examples. From David Thornburgh’s continued drive to ensure equity and fairness in the democratic process to Quibila Divine reshaping emergency services and housing solutions for the homeless to Peter Gonzalez’s tireless efforts in welcoming new immigrants and leveraging their talents to bolster the City of Philadelphia’s economics to Nora Lichtash working to empower women and developing the next generation of leaders to continue the fight for healthy and equitable communities. We are honored to be able to lift up the stories and work that continually reimagines our world and the social innovation leaders who invest their talent, passion and commitment to ensure equity for all people.

We hope you are as inspired by their good work as we are, and that each of us can find a way to serve and be an example in our own lives because we truly believe “that one good idea inspires another.” Thank you for your support of the Social Innovations Journal and we look forward to a new year of exploring the social innovations disrupting the status quo of the past while leading us into the bright future today and providing us with a vision for an even brighter tomorrow.

We want to extend a special thank you to all of this year’s nominees for leadership and advancing social innovation in their daily lives as well as  our co-founders for their unwavering commitment to social innovation that for more than 10 years has created a platform for social leaders, social entrepreneurs, Changemakers and grassroots social change agents to ensure our communities are  special places to call home for all people.

 

Yours in innovation,

Alescia Dingle, Managing Editor
Mike Clark, President
Nicholas Torres, Co-Founder
Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-Founder 

 

  


 

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Estimado Lector, 

“De vez en cuando, una nueva tecnología, un viejo problema y una gran idea se convierten en una innovación.” 

- Dean Kamen 

Hoy estamos presentando nuestra más reciente edición del Social Innovations Journal, “América Latina 2019: Edición 58.” Esta edición nos permite completar el círculo que comenzamos a principios de 2019 con una mirada introspectiva de la innovación en América Latina, y ahora, en los últimos meses del año, regresamos a América Latina para mostrarles una nueva mirada de la innovación y sus mejores prácticas. Mientras sigue existiendo un hilo conductor a lo largo de estas ediciones, específicamente en lo que se refiere a innovaciones novedosas enfocadas en la movilidad social y el empoderamiento de comunidades desatendidas, lo que estamos viendo, en realidad, es una nueva perspectiva sobre estos temas – un replanteamiento de los desafíos en oportunidades que reúnen a la comunidad en la identificación y ejecución de soluciones.  

Nos entusiasma mostrarles organizaciones que están luchando porque la salud sea más equitativa como Blooders, un proyecto que ha renovado el proceso de donación de sangre a través de la tecnología para aumentar los disminuidos suministros de sangre. El modelo de Uniminuto que continúa mejorando la movilidad social a través del acceso a la educación superior para aquellos en el nivel inferior de la escala económica en Colombia y que ahora está siendo adoptado exitosamente en Costa de Marfil. Y Co-Meta en Jalisco, México, hacienda avances significativos para promover oportunidades para las mujeres con programas para formar a los formadores para adelantar esfuerzos de empoderamiento a partir de oportunidades educativas para la fuerza laboral.   

Hay una nueva luz que ilumina viejos desafíos con el trabajo colaborativo de SociaLab al adoptar una problema social y revisarlo colectivamente como un desafío que requiere las contribuciones de toda la comunidad. La Fundación Escalera está mirando más allá de las tasas de deserción escolar de los jóvenes y encontrar su causa principal con el fin de utilizar incentivos en formas innovadoras para apoyar a estos jóvenes para que continúen sus estudios superiores. Los esfuerzos por proteger nacional y globalmente la significativa biodiversidad en México están siendo llevados a cabo mediante la incorporación de prácticas de manejo amigables con la biodiversidad en paisajes productivos en corredores biológicos prioritarios.  Finalmente, esta edición comparte los principales hallazgos de más de diez años de trabajo de la  Fundación Corona en las prácticas de empleo inclusivo para entregar las mejores prácticas y modelos de cómo crear un mercado laboral más inclusivo en Colombia.  

Esta edición fue dirigida por María Alejandra Navas, nuestra directora de ediciones internacionales, quien reunió autores de América Latina para darnos innumerables enfoques sobre preocupaciones sociales que están siendo abordadas por emprendedores sociales desde pequeñas start-ups hasta fundaciones reconocidas mundialmente. Nos sentimos entusiasmados de compartir las historias de los innovadores de esta edición quienes están cultivando una cultura de esperanza y están cambiando el paradigma de sus comunidades a través del impacto desde la sostenibilidad ambiental hasta la salud, de la educación al empoderamiento de mujeres. Su energía colectiva y su visión están reestructurando las vidas de los más necesitados y están creando el camino  de la esperanza y el potencial de un mañana, no sólo en América Latina sino en todo el mundo, tal como lo muestran las historias inspiradoras y el trabajo de estos Artífices del Cambio.  

 Esperamos que no sólo conozca nuevos enfoques sino también inspirarlo con una nueva perspectiva para solucionar los problemas que tan frecuentemente amenazan con estancar el progreso humano, pero que, en realidad, solo son parte de nuestra jornada hacia un mejor y más brillante futuro para todos.  

De ustedes en la innovación, 

Alejandra Navas, International Director
Alescia M. Dingle, Managing Editor
Mike Clark, President
Nicholas Torres and Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-founders

  


Summary of the “Latin America 2019:Edition 58” articles: 

1. “Blooders: Transformando la Experiencia de Donar Sangre y Cambiando Paradigmas”

by César Esquivel and Gisell Silva 

Blooders is known for developing technology that transforms the Voluntary Blood Donation Activity into a positive experience. They have launched the first digital platform in LATAM which connect people who need blood with non-remunerated voluntary donors and hospitals to enhance the donation experience. If there is a patient that has encountered an emergency and needs blood, the mobile application allows the community to interact quickly and easily, and enables members to help in the process of recruiting voluntary blood donors to meet the patient’s needs. Furthermore, Blooders developed an interactive website with a digital chatbot agent available 24/7 to interact with the community and a blood bank management system with visionary features.  

2. “Experiencia Innovadora de Cooperación Internacional para la Transferencia de un Modelo de Educación Superior entre Colombia y Costa de Marfil”

by Jorge Enrique Gallego Vásquez and Ana María Cifuentes Camacho 

The Minuto de Dios University (UNIMINUTO), is a higher education institution with a presence in Colombia for more than 27 years, during which time it has focused on providing opportunities for access to higher education to the population located at the base of the country’s economic pyramid. Through the national experiences, UNIMINUTO has provided two higher education institutions with support in their growth for the last ten years. This experience as well as its international recognitions,  prepared the transference of this model to other developing countries, which established a roadmap from the systematization of the model to become a standard of higher education that can be replicated in similar social and economic environments, as in the case of West Africa.  

3. “SociaLab: Impactar con Soluciones para el Sector Público y Privado”.

by Valentina González 

SociaLab works as a company with a strong focus on social impact, that researches and highlights problems that are affecting communities, regions, or the world. Then, with the help of different organizations, these problems become challenges. It calls upon creative minds, with talent and diverse knowledge, that are part of the SociaLab open innovation global platform, and society in general, to submit ideas that might end or mitigate the effects of the said problem. The focus is also on how these ideas also have the potential to become companies that might provide new opportunities, such as the same organizations that once supported them. In other words, SociaLab is concerned with broadening the impact and efficiency of sustainability strategies, innovation, and communication of both public and private organizations. Their work is achieved through the support of sustainable entrepreneurship ideas that have the potential to become part of the public agenda.  

4. “Encontrando los Mejores Incentivos para que los Jóvenes de México Continúen Estudiando”.

by Myriam Hernández Vázquez

Since 2013, the Escalera Foundation has generated evidence of the most efficient types of incentives to reduce school dropout rates in the most marginalized area of Mexico, the state of Chiapas. Through randomized controlled trials, the REACH program has assessed the effects of providing subsidies or subsidies and motivational materials to young people who are transitioning from junior high to high school. The latest results of this program indicate that, in general, subsidies have a positive effect on school continuity, even more so if these subsidies are accompanied with motivational content (showing an increase of six percentage points). Along with this evidence, Escalera identifies various relevant factors to ensure success in its programs that are focused on combatting school dropout rates among rural and indigenous populations. 

5. “Una Experiencia Mexicana para el Aprovechamiento Sostenible de la Biodiversidad: Perspectivas Transformadoras para un Desafío Global”

by Pablo Fregoso 

Coordinated work for biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability with the World Bank, the Global Environment Fund, and the Mexican government started in 1996, especially targeting the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. In that context, a new initiative was developed to promote mainstreaming biodiversity conservation with productive landscapes between 2012 and 2017. The specific objective of the project development was to conserve and protect nationally and globally significant biodiversity in Mexico through mainstreaming biodiversity friendly management practices in productive landscapes in priority biological corridors. This project implied a shift from original conservationist perspectives about the environment towards a view of productive and sustainable use of natural resources with a particular emphasis on the biological corridor region.  

6. “Co-Meta: Una Experiencia de Impacto Colectivo para Impulsar el Empoderamiento Económico de las Mujeres en Jalisco”.

by Magdalena Rodríguez 

Following international trends, in Mexico today, only 42 percent of women older than 15 years old are employed compared with 75 of men of the same age according to the Encuesta Nacional de Ocupación y Empleo (ENOE). In 2016, ProSociedad set forth a proposal to develop a program to train social organizations and the public sector already involved directly or indirectly with the economic empowerment of women.  Co-Meta was formed in the framework of a macro project entitled “Jalisco Sin Hambre” (Jalisco Without Hunger) financed by CONACYT and the Secretary of Innovation, Science, and Technology of Mexico with the leadership of ITESO, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, among other academic institutions.  

7. “Aprendizajes sobre Empleo Inclusivo en Colombia”

by Daniela Matiz and Germán Barragán 

Corona Foundation is a second-floor family foundation that has been working for the betterment of Colombia during the past 56 years. In 2011, the foundation assumed the second-floor role and started working in the area of strategy with a focus on monitoring and learning from initiatives and creating models that can be replicable on its two lines of action: education oriented to employment and education for participation. After nearly a decade of research in these topics, lessons learned can be included in the development of the Model of Inclusive Employment that this article best describes.   

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