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Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship With Managed Care Organizations — The VOA & Humana Case Study

January 12, 2023

In 2021, Volunteers of America (VOA) and Humana Foundation collaborated on the launch of a Community Health Incubator, designed to accelerate social enterprise to improve quality, equity, and access to care for Medicaid and at-risk populations. The health equity entrepreneurship ensures that outcomes are impact-first, with user-driven solutions that directly respond to local and national health care gaps. The program includes business training, coaching, grants, and large catalytic capital investments all to help scale non-profit and for-profit social enterprise.

During this one-hour live presentation, Stephen Samuels, Vice President, Innovation & Impact Investing for Volunteers of America and Abbie Gilbert, Associate Director, Office of Health Affairs & Advocacy with Humana will discuss how VOA is expanding services and cultivating deal flow for its impact investing subsidiary, the Futures Fund. Attendees will learn how VOA and Humana Foundation are planning for their second cohort in early 2023, which will double the program size to six organizations.

Executive attendees of this session will learn about:

  • Understanding the value proposition of non-profit impact investing and entrepreneurship support
  • Why Humana invests in early-stage companies and entrepreneurship support strategies
  • VOA’s Futures Fund Community Health Incubator, sponsored by the Humana Foundation


January 12, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Featured Speakers

Stephen Samuels, Vice President, Innovation & Impact Investing, Volunteers of America

Stephen Samuels is Vice President, Innovation & Impact Investing for Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s largest and most experienced non-profit health, housing and human service organizations. In his role, Mr. Samuels directs market-driven business growth with multi-sector partners for scaling the integration of health and housing solutions, expanding value-based health care service lines, and piloting new mission-aligned social enterprises. Mr. Samuels oversees VOA’s impact investing subsidiary, Futures Fund, and its newest Community Health Incubator program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation. Prior to joining VOA, Mr. Samuels was the Greater Kansas City Executive Director for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the country’s largest community development financial institutions. He has degrees and certifications in urban planning, business real estate, and venture capital.

Abbie Gilbert, Associate Director, Office of Health Affairs & Advocacy, Humana

Abbie Gilbert is an Associate Director with Humana’s Office of Health Affairs & Advocacy, supporting physician relationships, government affairs, thought leadership, and the company’s population health strategy; connecting together with state and local health initiatives for the benefit of members, employees, and the community at large. Ms. Gilbert began her work at Humana in 2014 in Management Consulting where she worked with company leaders to define and evaluate initiatives, lead consulting engagements, and work on specific project goals for the Executive Leadership Team. In 2012, Ms. Gilbert was named one of the Louisville Business First’s 40 under 40.

Kim Bond, MS, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS

Kimberly Bond, MS, LMFT, brings over thirty years of experience providing behavioral health treatment in the public and community settings to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Payer/Provider Market. In this role, Ms. Bond provides executive oversight and leadership to all Provider and Payer client engagements for OPEN MINDS. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Bond served concurrently as a Program Coordinator III and Clinical Manager of Adult Services and a Program Coordinator II and Clinical Manager of Recovery Services for the Ozark Guidance Center. Prior to joining the Ozark Guidance Center, Ms. Bond served as the Executive Vice President of Center Point, Inc, a large substance abuse provider agency in California. Previously, Ms. Bond served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Systems, Inc. Ms. Bond received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with Honors, and her Master’s in Counseling Education from San Diego State University.  She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Arkansas.

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