Thought Leader, Care Redesign

Rebecca Onie, JD

Co-Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer
Health Leads


In 1996, Rebecca Onie co-founded Health Leads to address the fundamental drivers of patients’ health. With its hospital, community health center, and integrated delivery system partners, Health Leads has enabled physicians and other health care providers across the U.S. to “prescribe” food, electricity, and other basic resources their patients need to be healthy — and armed a variety of workforces to “fill” those social needs prescriptions by working side-by-side with patients to access the existing landscape of community resources.

Health Leads arms health care institutions with the tools, technology, analytics, best practices, and peer community necessary to address their own patients’ resource needs and to champion a health care system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. In 2015, Health Leads directly served over 14,000 patients and their families, touching nearly 50,000 total lives.

In 2009, Rebecca was honored to receive a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She has also been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2012 Young Leader Award; Network for Excellence in Health Innovation’s 2014 “Innovators in Health” Award; Forbes Magazine’s Impact 30, recognizing the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs; and the Schwab Foundation’s 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Rebecca is one of the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Health Innovator Fellows; a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; a member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation External Advisory Council; and a One Acre Fund board member.

She received her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She previously clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was an associate at Miner, Barnhill & Galland P.C., a civil rights and community economic development firm.

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