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March 5, 2015

Grantee Spotlight: Medic Mobile

SV2 Partners expressed in the recent All Partner Survey how eager they are for additional information about the stellar work of SV2 Grantees as well as how our grants and beyond-the-dollars contributions have fueled Grantees' work. We’ll explore these questions with articles about each of our graduating Grantees over the next few months.

About Medic Mobile: Medic Mobile develops tools using cellular technology that enable community health workers, staff at community clinics, ministers of health, and others to monitor diseases, stay in touch with families and each other, send emergency alerts to regional hospitals, and convey critical data quickly to key decision makers.

A lot of good can happen in two years: Two years after SV2 selected Medic Mobile as its International Grantee, they received a 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Each year, the Skoll Foundation recognizes transformative leaders who are driving large-scale change to achieve greater impact in the world. This award includes a $1.25 million three-year core support investment.

Medic Mobile’s tools are being used in 21 countries by 7,851 healthcare workers, representing an increase of 71% since the end of 2012 when Medic Mobile became an SV2 Grantee. The organization has made several key regional hires and has more than doubled the number of paid staff. This has resulted in strong global partnership opportunities and a more than threefold increase in the number of program sites reached with their technology. 

Beyond-the-dollars support: “I learn something new - and grow as a leader - every time I meet with SV2 Partners. Mike [White] and Liz [Weingart] have been invaluable advisers as we manage significant growth!”

–Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile

Medic Mobile is an ideal case study of the magic that can happen when our community members’ skill sets are appropriately matched with a Grantee that is excited to take full advantage of SV2’s beyond-the-dollars support. For example, in 2013, Jill and Karl Matzke advised Josh Nesbit on developing a net promoter score for the organization to better measure customer satisfaction and loyalty. In 2014, Alexa Culwell consulted with Josh Nesbit on developing the right organizational structure to support Medic Mobile's expansion; in addition, Alexa facilitated a working session on this topic at a recent Medic Mobile leadership team retreat.

What’s next? In Josh Nesbit’s own words, “Learnings should be shared, not held tight as differentiating business intelligence. Success and bright spots should be replicated and scaled without unnecessary constraints. This is the Medic Mobile approach, and we’re planning to bring it to 200,000 frontline health workers.”

What can you do? Consider recycling your used cell phone. Your used phone could bring safe births to 11,000 women in rural Nepal. Wow! Think about the potential impact if you encouraged your company or a group of friends to donate theirs too. Learn more about the program here.

For Network Leaders, Yes that means YOU! 

Increasingly, it is those who “lead by the elbow” and often without a title, who are nudging and even catapulting systemic change forward. You may have recently begun working with our Grantee, The Big Lift. Perhaps you champion ed tech or you’re an advocate for at-risk youth.

Regardless of your impact focus, big change often occurs these days within an ecosystem rather than a single organization. SV2’s upcoming Springboard Session on Network Leadership this Friday, March 6 will challenge us all to consider network leadership through a framework that encompasses the “I”, the “we” and the “it” to really move the impact needle. RSVP here. We hope to see you there!

Why you should attend a poverty simulation
by Partner Rev. Frannie Hall Kieschnick

A few years ago I attended a poverty simulation hosted by the amazing Downtown Streets Team and the Opportunity Center to raise awareness about the reality of poverty and the imminent danger of homelessness for many in our own community.

The poverty simulation should honestly come with a warning label because it changed me. I now have a different perspective on people in situations caused by poverty. It has been said that it is difficult to have empathy when you have not walked in someone else's shoes. Consider joining us on Sunday afternoon, May 17 for SV2’s Community Action Poverty Simulation (Details and RSVP here). You will not only have the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes, but you’ll also learn how to be a part of the solution

I was given the identity of a 34 year-old mother whose husband had disappeared, leaving her with three children. She did not work as there was no money for childcare. The rent was due on their one bedroom apartment, but she had no savings and no money on hand.

The room where the simulation took place was full of tables offering various services but transportation was required to get from one table to another, but "my" husband had taken the car and there was no money. And my children were hungry. I lost the apartment, as I couldn't get rental assistance in time. And food was ultimately more important. I will never forget how I felt in that moment.


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