A MacArthur “Genius” awardee, Rebecca Onie, JD is widely recognized for her sector leadership in addressing patients’ social needs – like heat, food and housing – as part of healthcare delivery. In 1996, as a college sophomore, she co-founded the social enterprise Health Leads to address the blind spot that, while 70% of patients’ health issues are tied to social and environmental factors, our health care system is not structured to address these issues. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Onie served as CEO for 15 years between 1996 -2000 and 2006 -2017.
With its clinical partners, Health Leads creates solutions to equip healthcare institutions – and their physicians and other providers – to “prescribe” food, electricity, and other basic resources their patients need to be healthy, and enabling them to seamlessly connect those patients to existing community resources. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the National Committee for Quality Assurance to the American Hospital Association, key healthcare have tapped Onie’s expertise on how to “operationalize equity” via the intersection of social determinants, population health, and health care delivery.