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Our 2019 Alliance for the American Dream finalists


2019 top ideas

119 Power to the Patient
A subscription-based service for use on a smartwatch or smartphone to help the chronically ill reduce the number of unnecessary emergency room visits, directly combating social and monetary costs of disability.
Jen Schlegel, Beenabled, LLC

Opportunity Port
A platform that leverages technology, legal expertise and private-public partnerships to demystify the record sealing application and empower those with criminal records to begin the record sealing process.
Hannah Miller, City of Columbus and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus

A mobile-designed platform that will bring together service providers to support an individual proactively during their upskilling or re-skilling sprint.
Shane Kirby, Columbus State Community College

Hooked on Savings: harnessing behavioral economics to form savings habits.
The project will use tools based on behavioral economics (e.g., prize-linked-savings, gamification) as well as financial education to form savings habits. The objective is to create rainy-day funds for a large set of households.­
Itzhak Ben-David, Fisher College of Business and Huntington National Bank

Helping Others Prosper through Economic Empowerment (HOPE)
Leveraging financial education and business skills training to help financially fragile middle-class families establish emergency savings and boost their incomes.
Susan Colbert, OSU Franklin County Extension

Fit to Navigate
Fit to Navigate provides wellness education to cultivate well-being for women in and out of the prison system while creating a path to entrepreneurship, sustainable wages and reduced recidivism.
Asegedech Kumnegere

Manufacturing Central, powered by MAGNET
A holistic, focused campaign to attract Ohioans to, prepare them for, and support them in advanced manufacturing careers that are lucrative, engaging, and cutting-edge.
Matthew Fieldman, MAGNET

The Milk Mission
An online platform to improve infant health and reduce expenses through breastfeeding resources, including a goal of creating Certified Lactation instructors in low income areas.
Gina VanCant

Digital Resource to Expand Affordable Markets (DREAM)
Centralizing housing support resources, data, policies and strategies in a digital platform that delivers curated content aligned to the needs of specific audiences – from housing-insecure families to developers to policymakers.
Liz Whalen, MORPC

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