LEEP- Life Empowered Employee Plan

To research the probability of initiating a full wellness plan for employer groups of 1-9 employees in Massachusetts.

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Founding Story: Share a story about a key experience or spark that helps the network understand why this project got started or a story about how you became inspired about the potential for this project to succeed.

The health and well being of the families who work for micro businesses continues to fall. The well being of this group (1-9 employees) is the least understood. They pay the highest health insurance premiums and have been hit the hardest financially as well as being at risk for obesity outcomes for children. Aside from anecdotal claims information and U.S. demographic data, these people suffer alone. Go to a convenience store and look into their eyes. The common thread is hopelessness.

Which categories describe you? (the answer will not be public)

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French, Caucasian)

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • Massachusetts

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]

Chatham, Massachusetts

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • Massachusetts

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

The project has created a dialogue with federal, state and the management of Massachusetts HMO's.

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project would like to obtain funding to research out the viability of bringing wellness products to the micro-business marketplace in Massachusetts. We have received a buy-in from one Massachusetts based HMO and are looking for grant expertise to secure research funds.

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Children who are differently abled
  • LGBTQ or non-binary individuals
  • Religious minorities (non-Christian)
  • Low-income communities

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Child and Family Services
  • Community Development and Empowerment

If you chose "other," please share the sector you work within here:

I am a small group insurance broker who works in Massachusetts.

Year Founded

2012

Project Stage

  • Idea (poised to launch)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

The initiative "LEEP", has gained a lot of exposure with public and private sectors. The initiative does have a proven distribution system (the largest health insurance intermediary in New England). The initiative also has private investors who would buy Social Impact Bonds to develop the business model. The initiative does not have the funds to research the viability of changing health outcomes for this market with a wellness plan.

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Last year the LEEP initiative focused on collaboration between community health centers and a private distribution system.

Organization Type

  • hybrid

Annual Budget

  • $1k - $10k

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is your solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The LEEP initiative hopes to gain grant funding to understand the dynamics of the market

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

The other players in the market are state government and HMO intiatives. Massachusetts has provided PR -"Mass in Motion" to promote wellness. They have also provided a grant to discount by 25% any contributing business in this state run system. The HMO's have come through with Wellness plans that have little or no utilization. There is little or no research as per the well being of this marketplace.
     LEEP will gain the info necessary to bring wellness into this market as it should be. Work-site Health Promotion.

Reflect on the Field and its Future: Stepping outside of your project, what do you see as the most important or promising shifts that can advance children’s wellbeing?

Families (mom and pop) are under historic pressure. When we get the parents healthy, the children will follow.

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

  • Changemakers.com

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Relevance: Does this project seem to help children (ages 0 to 12 years) develop a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose?

5 - Yes, this is great! The project lays out a strong, compelling case for how its model nurtures children’s wellbeing. - 0%

4 - It seems like a good fit, and the model talks explicitly about children’s wellbeing. - 0%

3 - I think so. The project seems related to children’s wellbeing, but the logic is vague. - 0%

2 - Not sure. The project doesn’t have much to do with wellbeing, or it doesn’t give enough information. - 33.3%

1 - Nope, this project definitely doesn’t fit the challenge brief (e.g., It doesn’t help kids younger than 12, isn’t in the U.S., etc.) - 66.7%

2. Innovation: Does this project tackle children’s wellbeing from a new angle?

5 - I loved this! The project describes a novel model that addresses important cultural or systemic barriers. - 0%

4 - This is pretty cool. The project is addressing an important problem in a new or compelling way. - 33.3%

3 - I feel like there’s something there, but I want more details about what makes it distinctive. - 33.3%

2 - It’s a good project, but I’ve seen others like it before. - 0%

1 - It was confusing or hard to tell what it made it different. - 33.3%

3. Social Impact: What is this project’s potential for creating positive social impact?

5 - Lots of potential. This project is achieving impressive results, and it’s growing quickly. It could absolutely inspire changes in the ways we approach caring for kids nationally, across sectors (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

4 - Pretty good potential. This project demonstrates significant positive impact so far, and it could scale regionally or nationally one day and fundamentally change how a system operates (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

3 - Budding potential. This project is creating local impact, but it would take a few adjustments before it could scale. - 33.3%

2 - Some potential. This project demonstrates some initial positive impact, but it would require major changes before it could scale. - 33.3%

1 - Limited potential. This project has great intentions, but it looks like it does not include key drivers of a shift towards children’s wellbeing. - 33.3%

4. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 33.3%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 66.7%

5. Offer some feedback. Where should this participant spend some time revising?

DEFINING THE PROBLEM. Make sure to articulate the root causes or main barriers of the social issue your project addresses. (Founding Story, Problem, Solution). - 100%

CLARITY OF MODEL. Make sure to mention (a.) the beneficiary, b) the main activities, and c) how those activities drive social impact. Keep it streamlined! - 66.7%

MARKETPLACE. Make sure to research other players in this space and articulate how this project is different. I didn’t get a complete sense of how this project compares to others. - 66.7%

IMPACT POTENTIAL. Make sure to use specific numbers to describe what your project has achieved so far! And consider how you might scale the model or its insights, through partnerships, trainings, or franchising. - 66.7%

WRITING STYLE. Try to stay concise and make it vivid. Avoid jargon. - 0%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

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Hi Rick - Thank you for sharing your work with the Children's Wellbeing Initiative. There is a great need to help parents in having the time and resources needed in order to help break these cycles with future generations.

Future questions and thoughts to consider are how will you measure your impact and how you plan to get funding to continue your great work.