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Why have nonprofits historically been seen as workhorses rather than leaders in the search for social innovation? In this panel discussion, Dr. David Shern, CEO of Mental Health America, and Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA, discuss the potential of nonprofits as catalysts for innovation in health care reform. Shern contextualizes the United States’ shortcomings and explains the need for equitable access to healthcare resources, both for preventative and treatment services. Snyder emphasizes the importance of a less monolithic measure of poverty and a more contemporary design for our current “safety net” solutions. “Leadership 18” members Dr. Shern and Father Snyder were invited by the Center for Social Innovation’s Public Management Program and the Center for Leadership Development and Research at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Reverse and frugal innovation approaches have their limits when it comes to health impact for the poor. We need more ways to provide high-quality, affordable products to low-income people.
Funders are devising new approaches that account for the impact that
social issues have on people’s health.
The causes of health inequity are diverse and entwined; the solutions will be as well.
Community-based organizations, philanthropic institutions, and federal agencies—all are needed to support and sustain revitalization efforts.
By catalyzing the power of people to make change, community organizers equip
people at every level to overcome the myriad barriers to health.