Health & Human Services
Leadership for a Networked World’s Health and Human Services Initiative provides transformational thought leadership and learning experiences for policymakers and executives building the solutions and services that help people, families, and communities thrive.

One of the most important things about developing outcomes in the whole-person approach is that we actually understand to the best of our ability the hopes and dreams of each individual.

Mark Stutrud
CEO, Lutheran Social Services in Illinois

60% of Health and Human Services leaders reported feeling significant pressure to improve service capacity and outcomes.

Leaders chose data and analytics, cross-boundary work, and racial equity in outcomes as the top 3 drivers of change.

Over 80% of Health and Human Service leaders reported experiencing significant risk, uncertainty, and resistance moving upstream and building an ecosystem of services.

These results were taken from surveys given to participants prior to their attendance at an LNW event.


The noted poet James Baldwin once said: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” In this spirit, leaders at the Health and Human Services Summit forcefully faced the persistent challenge of ensuring that every individual, every family and every...

The United States is a land of opportunity – a country that prides itself on the promise that if...

For Fiscal Year 2018, the state of Indiana’s Medicaid budget was a whopping $11.8 billion. Despite...

Police Chief Medario Arrandondo of the Minneapolis Police Department will tell you that culture is...

Next Generation of Human Services Organizations Initiative

In October 2017, the Kresge Foundation identified 12 non-profit organizations in cities across the country that were setting the pace for improving social and economic mobility (SEM) for children and families:

Over the next two years, with the support of the Kresge Foundation, Leadership for a Networked World, and a hand-picked Advisory Board, designed a learning experience to accelerate the cohort’s leadership and operational capacity to deliver person-centered outcomes and impact. The two-year journey included learning about strategy and leadership, sharing best practices and innovations, and ideating new ways to harness data and analytics. The cohort worked to generate new policy solutions, develop systems and sector innovations, advance and accelerate social and economic mobility, and create permanent pathways out of poverty.



Located in the heart of West Baltimore, Center for Urban Families (CFUF) serves an area that is beset with significant poverty, crime, and racial inequity. Founded in 1999 with a mission to “disrupt poverty,” CFUF has served more than 28,000 members, placed 3,779 members in full-time jobs from...


October 25, 2019 to October 27, 2019

2019 Health and Human Services Summit: Purpose, Passion, and Impact for the Future

The Health and Human Services Summit is the foremost academic research program and event for senior-most leaders to invent and realize the future of health and human services.

This Summit builds on and extends research from across Harvard University, featuring fresh case studies, peer-based problem-solving sessions, and topical workshops designed to create transformational solutions in human services.


October 26, 2018 to October 28, 2018

2018 Health and Human Services Summit: Designing Generative Outcomes

September 22, 2017 to September 24, 2017

2017 Health and Human Services Summit: Creating the Future of Outcomes and Impact


Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

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