HEALTHCORPS INC

Strengthening communities with innovative approaches to health and wellness to make the next generation more resilient

New York, NY   |  www.healthcorps.org

Mission

HealthCorps is a national not for profit that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps' mission is to strengthen communities with the most innovative approaches to health and wellness to help the next generation be more resilient.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Ms. Michelle Bouchard

Main address

75 Broad Street Suite 2505

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

26-1269358

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Heart and Circulatory (H43)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HealthCorps' mission is to strengthen communities with the most innovative approaches to health and wellness to help the next generation be more resilient. At HealthCorps, we are continually working to stay vibrant and relevant to youth in the context of a dramatically changing educational, social, political and media landscape. We are turning our mission into action by activating our staff Coordinators and youth in schools to use the skills they learn through our program to meet the challenges of their world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School-based intervention

Like a "Peace Corps" for health, HealthCorps sends recent college graduates, called HealthCorps Coordinators, into high schools and middle schools to spend two years as a full-time health mentor. Coordinators mentor students on nutrition, fitness, and mental strength and equip them with the tools and knowledge to become resilient in mind and body for their long term success and that of their community. This is done through a combination of classroom instruction, demonstrations in school cafeterias, and afterschool clubs. Additionally, Coordinators work as activists in the communities surrounding their schools to improve health opportunities so that lessons learned in school can spread beyond the school.

Population(s) Served

The HealthCorps program is currently available through our "Living Labs” high schools. This includes embedding a trained HealthCorps Coordinator (a recent college graduate) in a high school and/or middle school on a full-time basis for a minimum of two years to serve as a peer mentor for students.
HealthCorps’ core curriculum is integrated into the school’s curriculum with the goal of affecting education reform utilizing four core areas of focus.
• Nutrition: Students learn practical ways to choose foods that are healthy and develop healthy
relationships with food that will last a lifetime.
• Fitness: Students learn how to incorporate daily physical activity into their lifestyle.
• Mental Resilience: HealthCorps helps students develop decision-making & communication skills, foster healthy relationships, and set long-term lifestyle goals.
*Community Engagement: HealthCorps Coordinators lead students and the community in a variety of after school and out of school programs effectively impacting the school’s surrounding environment.

Population(s) Served

HealthCorps University (HCU) is a training program designed to deliver an innovative health and wellness curriculum. HCU participants are equipped with knowledge, resources, tools, support, and cutting-edge technology to foster an optimal approach to nutrition, exercise and mental strength among graduates, their families and their communities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) accreditation 2018

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By 2022 HealthCorps aspires to impact the lives of over 3 million teens through the implementation of its Living Lab and HealthCorps University Programs in high schools, middle schools and school districts across the country - empowering students as change agents in their school, home, and community toward choosing healthier lifestyles. This approach seeks to address the childhood obesity crisis while simultaneously changing the culture of schools and communities to promote healthy choices and enact effective policy change. The subsequent results encompass mentally resilient students capable of improving their futures and careers through education, decreasing the national healthcare costs associated with preventable diseases caused by poor health and obesity, and changing communities across the country into safe and positive environments.

HealthCorps is continuously evaluating programs and initiatives to create sustainability and effective change. Currently, the organization is developing rigorous program evaluations testing the results and impact of Living Labs and our HealthCorps University professional development training. This approach forms a strategy to attract necessary funders and donors whose missions align or compliment HealthCorps' mission and goal. Finally, HealthCorps has identified areas of the country drastically affected by the childhood obesity crisis and seeks to place intervention programs in those communities.

HealthCorps was founded in 2003 by cardiac surgeon and researcher Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife, Lisa Oz. Over the past fifteen years, HealthCorps Living Labs have grown from a pilot program to existing in nearly 200 schools across nineteen states and the District of Columbia. The organization has assembled a massive national network of high schools, school districts, and partnering organizations. This affords unparalleled intervention into the school and community environments with a program tailored for both cultures.

Further, HealthCorps works closely with cohorts in the community to arrange the best delivery of the program to integrate culturally. Identifying the appropriate Leader who will be well received and tailoring the content of lessons in a way that resonates with audiences are just two of the many ways to provide seamless integration.

Since 2003, has invested $70M in our Living Labs and HealthCorps University programs, deploying 320 Coordinators across 340 schools in 23 states and impacting over 2.5M students, educators and youth leaders. The impact of the program has overwhelmingly created results made up of multiple success stories including a documentary from a HealthCorps school highlighting student progress from that program. These students collectively lost over 800-pounds during the first semester and 600-pounds in the second semester. This weight loss created improvement in energy levels, focus in school, and better health.

HealthCorps’ program and work in schools has been written up in 3 peer reviewed publications. A most recent study published in January 2018 in BMC Pediatrics found that the HealthCorps program was associated with reduced BMI z-score in overweight/obese and obese female adolescents, with enhanced health knowledge and behavior for both sexes.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HEALTHCORPS INC

Board of directors
as of 9/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Mehmet Oz

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Mehmet Oz

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Alexander Markowits

Spring Hills Senior Communities

Jordan Davis

Radius Venture Partners, LLC

Benjamin Lewis

Lenox Hill Hospital

Pamela Kehaly

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Ranndy Kellogg

Omron Healthcare Inc.

Kristin Thomas

Continental Resources

Pedram Salimpour

Pierce Health Solutions

Lisa Holthouse

The Holthouse Foundation for Kids

Douglas Wu

Whitwell Partners

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No