GETTYSBURG, Pa. (December 27, 2022) — On January 12, 2022, at 1 p.m. ET, Stephen Samuels, Vice President, Innovation & Impact Investing for Volunteers of America (VOA) and Abbie Gilbert, Associate Director, Office of Health Affairs & Advocacy with Humana will present during the OPEN MINDS Circle Elite Executive Roundtable Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship With Managed Care Organizations — The VOA & Humana Case Study. 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, and VOA’s Futures Fund Community Health Incubator, sponsored by the Humana Foundation.

“Overcoming social determinants of health and ensuring consumers have access to quality, equitable health care is vital to being successful with value-based reimbursement,” said OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer Monica E. Oss. “What Humana and VOA are doing is not just beneficial to their markets, but the health care marketplace as a whole.”

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.

To register for the 1:00 p.m. ET, January 12 event, visit

Mr. 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.

Ms. 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.

OPEN MINDS Executive Vice President, Payer/Provider Market, Kimberly Bond, will moderate the session. Ms. Bond brings over thirty years of experience providing behavioral health treatment in the public and community settings to the OPEN MINDS team.

The January 12 Circle Elite Executive Roundtable is offered as part of a weekly series designed to help executive teams navigate the business, organizational, operational, and culture changes of a market in turbulence during (and after) the COVID-19 crisis. Each one-hour briefing outlines a field-tested approach for recovering from the crisis and developing a plan for organizational sustainability. Once an exclusive benefit to Elite members of the OPEN MINDS Circle, these impactful sessions are now available to all OPEN MINDS subscribers and available on demand.

OPEN MINDS is a national market intelligence, management consulting, and marketing services firm specializing exclusively in the markets of the health and human service field that serve consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. OPEN MINDS’ mission is to provide payers, service provider organizations, and technology and scientific firms that serve these consumers with the market and management knowledge needed to improve their organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

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