Project Health has been described as a new vision for American Health Care aiming to break the link between poverty and poor health.
“Our model is simple and effective: in clinics where we provide services, physicians can “prescribe” food or housing for their patients and their families. Our undergraduate volunteers then connect those families to local resources to meet these needs, enabling them to achieve the stability and opportunity that lead to better health for their children.
Our vision is to mobilize the nation’s first corps of student volunteers to connect low-income patients with the resources they need to be healthy and, in doing so, create the next generation of leaders committed to tackling this country’s greatest health challenges.”
Project Health was featured in Michelle Obama’s remarks at the Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People gala last week. The First Lady also talks more broadly about the need help nurture a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs who will direct their skills and energy toward solving their community’s most serious social problems. The White House proproses a Social Innovation Fund to encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship.