Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have partnered to catalyze a movement through a network of leaders who are driving a new vision for the field of children’s wellbeing in the United States. We believe that kids thrive when they grow up with a strong sense of self, purpose, and belonging, and that these ‘building blocks’ of wellbeing help children form healthy relationships, show resilience in the face of trauma, and make thoughtful choices.
Updates from Ingelheim: Crowning 7 'Co-Creation Pioneers for 2016'
Earlier this month, seven co-creation teams from around the world—each made up of one social entrepreneur and one Boehringer Ingelheim employee—traveled to Ingelheim, Germany, to pitch their health innovations live to a panel of judges. The three-day Co-Creation Summit was the first of its kind for Boehringer Ingelheim, with participants coming together to work on their business models, scalability and sustainability plans, and to fine-tune the win-win-win nature of these pioneering collaborations.
Silke Mader and her team work towards improving newborn health and in particular towards providing high-quality treatment and care to preterm infants, ill newborns and their families, resulting in lower short- and long-term health complications and a considerable reduction in healthcare costs. She leads a novel interdisciplinary European project including health professionals, parents, and representatives from the business and government sectors as well as other non-government organizations to develop and implement unprecedented high quality standards of care for newborn infants.
The Indian government’s decade old policy incentivizing deliveries at hospitals has highlighted a supply gap of obstetricians and gynecologists. The presence of only one obstetrician/gynecologist for 10,000 pregnant women put immense pressure on the medical system, and has also resulted in the suffering of women and children. To bridge this gap in access to skilled birthing care, Dr. Prakasamma has created a new profession of “nurse gynecologists.”
Tim is working with disadvantaged township communities in coastal areas to stabilize the emotional well-being of young people who have experienced trauma (and safeguard those at risk) by introducing new social structures and an integrated network of peers, to help them deal with the effects of traumatic life experiences and reduce their chances of being left behind.
Carlos Atencio is responding to the failing healthcare system in Venezuela by introducing a new model of care based on family practice medicine and centered on community participation and responsibility. His Family Medicine Foundation provides affordable primary care (that resolves 85% of health issues in low income communities), trains medical professionals in family medicine techniques, and makes patients aware of their role in their own healthcare. As a result, Carlos is reducing medical costs, reviving a dying “specialty”, and putting communities in charge of their wellness.