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100 ideas incubated; 52 enterprises launched/launching; $39 Million Revenues; 372 Jobs Created; Millions of Lives Impacted.

The Social Innovations Lab ™ approach is informed by the blended value framework pioneered by impact investor Jed Emerson, which emphasizes a unified and holistic concept of value that captures the positive economic, social and environmental impact of nonprofit and social sector innovations. Below are a just few examples of innovative projects created in the Social Innovations Lab ™ which subsequently received significant funding investments. Additional examples are available online at

Nurse Practitioner School Health Clinics: A team of nurses and students developed a new type of school health clinic model. These school health clinics are now in fourteen charter schools in Philadelphia as a result of the lab and offer an innovative alternative to augment traditional school nursing. The clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners (NPs), who are valuable in their ability to provide primary care and preventive care—as well as traditional school nursing services—to children within the walls of school buildings where they spend the majority of their time. The nurses are on-site advanced practice registered nurse practitioners who are able to render a diagnosis, write prescriptions, develop and implement treatment plans, monitor chronic conditions, coordinate care with students’ medical homes, assess and treat acute injuries and illness and fulfill all of the school health reporting requirements such as state-mandated screenings, (e.g., Body Mass Index, hearing, vision, and scoliosis for crucial early interventions). The NPs ensure that students are connected to a medical home and work to coordinate care with students’ primary-care physicians through this innovative and collaborative approach to health-care delivery for high-risk children. Since implementation of the school health clinic model, the clinics have expanded from one clinic to thirteen school health clinics in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s Medical-Legal-Community Partnership (MLCP): A team of nurses and lawyers created a model that bridges the legal care gap by bringing together healthcare providers, social workers and legal advocates, who collaborate to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families. The MLCP is one of over 200 Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) operating in 34 states, which strive to remove legal barriers to health for low-income and traditionally underserved populations by integrating legal advocates into healthcare teams. Through integrated partnership and cross-disciplinary education, nurses, physicians, social workers and legal advocates can address a broad range of health-harming needs of patients such as: Appealing improper Medicaid denials and getting healthcare coverage for eligible patients; Intervening with landlords who will not fix water leaks that lead to mold growth—a known asthma trigger; Negotiating a payment plan with the utility company for diabetics to keep their insulin refrigerated; Advocating alongside parents at schools so that kids with disabilities can make academic progress; Representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence to assure their safety and family stability.

re:Mind (dba RTM Health, Inc.). A group of nurses created a social enterprise dedicated to bridging the gaps in mental health care. Harnessing low-cost, minimally invasive and easy-to-use technology, re:Mind connects patients to their providers to improve patient care and to more efficiently utilize existing health care resources. re:Mind is an SMS-based appointment reminder service that improves patient care continuity during the critical transition from hospital care to office-based care, thereby improving patient care and preventing unnecessary and costly re-hospitalizations. The service has five components: Implementation planning; Platform development;  Training and support; Data collection and reporting; Monitoring and evaluation.

Common Market: a group of health conscious social entrepreneurs created Common Market which is a mission-driven distributor of local foods to the Mid-Atlantic region. Their mission is to strengthen regional farms while making the local bounty accessible to communities and the institutions that serve them. They provide the infrastructure to connect public and private schools, hospitals, universities, grocery stores and workplaces to good food grown by our region’s sustainable farmers. Their participation in the lab was to develop a plan to scale across the United States.

EDCONNECTIVE: Edconnective was created to increase access to a highly impactful form of teacher support. Teaching is an incredibly challenging craft to master and one-on-one coaching is the most promising and supportive way to improve efficacy. Also, EdConnective's a la carte and remote model of coaching delivery makes coaching extraordinarily accessible and affordable. Now in 3 states EdConnective is raising 1Million to expand and scale it’s model.

Creating College Access for All: Through a partnership between Colleges/Universities and High Schools, a Social Innovation Lab team is scaling a new high school to college access, affordability and completion model. The model establishes satellite or blended learning sites as extensions of high schools, thereby ensuring that college is accessible; negotiating reduced college tuition costs to just above what low income students can leverage in financial aid grants, thus ensuring college is affordable; and graduating 90% of entering students through the delivery of a small cohort boutique model, ensuring the college is accountable.  The program through its college partners educates, trains, and places qualified individuals to meet employers’ changing workforce needs, including allied health, which is a feeder to nursing. The program works in close partnership with employers to assure that graduates have the real world competencies they need to be successful in the workforce.  Through a supportive learning environment and personalized attention, the College Access for All program transforms lives by building a path to sustainable careers and economic independence.  To date there has been a 90 retention rate and 90% of graduating students with an Associated Degree are placed in jobs starting at $35k with full benefits.