Rebecca Onie

Health innovator
Rebecca Onie is a nationally recognized leader in the intersection of social determinants, population health and health care delivery

Why you should listen

Rebecca Onie is the co-founder of Health Leads and the Health Initiative. A MacArthur "Genius" awardee, Onie is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. She has received the APHA Avedis Donabedian Quality Award; Network for Excellence in Health Innovation "Innovator in Health" Award; Robert Wood Johnson Young Leader Award; and Forbes'Impact 30 Award for leading social entrepreneurs. She received her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Photo: Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Rebecca Onie’s TED talks

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Moving healthcare forward: The talks of TED Salon: Catalyst

August 17, 2018

Healthcare is at a turning point. Big data, evolving consumer preferences and shifting cost structures are just a few of the many complex factors shaping the opportunities and challenges that will define the future. How can we all become forces for positive change and progress? For the first time, TED partnered with Optum, a health […]

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An elite team of volunteers to fix health care: Q&A with Rebecca Onie

June 12, 2012

At TEDMED 2012, Rebecca Onie stunned the audience with her blockbuster talk on a new vision for health care. She is the founder of Health Leads, an organization that brings an elite, competitive team of college volunteers into hospitals and clinics — a team that connects patients to services that help provide food, housing, insurance […]

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