Fast Company announces winners of 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards. WELL Health Inc. selected as honorable mention in health and wellness category.
The winners of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to flattening the curve when it comes to the climate crisis, social injustice, or economic inequality.
WELL was selected as an Honorable Mention in the Health and Wellness category for our National Immunization Campaigns in partnership with health systems around the U.S.
National Immunization Campaigns
In 2019, WELL partnered with 11 clients to launch vaccine campaigns to improve vaccination rates and reduce gaps in care. The rollout for the campaigns happened in culturally appropriate ways at the local level. Each health system and clinic tailored its messaging to its unique patient demographic. Targeted immunization campaigns were delivered concurrently with the opportunity to make an appointment — a seamless blend of patient education and access to care.
Messages were delivered to individual patients, such as those whose immunization records indicated missing vaccines, and groups of patients as part of a general campaign, such as back-to school immunizations, the HPV vaccine, and flu shots.
Overall, the campaigns reached a total of 115,992 patients, and 5,731 responded to ask questions or make appointments.
One federally-funded healthcare organization in Southern California, where there is an imminent risk for a measles outbreak, used WELL to reach its patients with targeted vaccine communication. It reached a total of 17,870 patients. Communication included reminders to bring immunization records to appointments, to ensure children received the necessary vaccines and vaccine-specific campaigns to increase vaccination rates.
The health system serves a significant portion of non-English speaking people. WELL enabled communication to go out in each patient’s native language.
Now in its fourth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 26 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 500 honorable mentions with Health and Wellness, Corporate Social Responsibility, and AI and Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 3,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. The 2020 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Vancouver to Singapore to Tel Aviv.
Illustrating how some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies are addressing grave global challenges, Fast Company’s May/June issue celebrates, among others, an electric engine for airplanes that eliminates emissions from flights and expensive fuel from the tricky financial calculus of the airline industry; a solar powered refrigerator that finally frees people in remote villages from daily treks to distant markets, transforming the economics of those households; an online marketplace that connects food companies with farms to buy ugly and surplus produce to fight waste; and an initiative to offset all of the carbon costs of shipping, creating a new model for e commerce sustainability.
“Being selected for Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas validates our commitment to improving access to care,” says WELL CEO and founder Guillaume de Zwirek. “This award equally belongs to our partners in healthcare who are continually seeking innovative ways to reach their patients through technology.”
“There seems no better time to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, resources, and, in some cases, their scale to tackle society’s biggest problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have uncovered some of the smartest and most inspiring projects of the year.”
About the World Changing Ideas Awards
World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all. ♥
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