In a continuation of the Concordia blog series, we're highlighting notable partnerships & new cross-sector ventures we read about this week.
In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and an economic crisis, the partnership helped prevent more than 400 families, including 900 children, from becoming homeless through three core programs: A Future Begins at Home, Partners in Housing, and Housing Leadership. Through A Future Begins at Home, Clayton and Family Promise provided education and resource development, comprehensive case management and other support services that enabled families facing homelessness to remain in their homes. The Partners in Housing program educated and trained approximately 30 Family Promise affiliates on the benefits of using off-site built housing as an affordable option for stable housing. Through the Housing Leadership program, Clayton donated five off-site built homes to Family Promise affiliates that used the homes to provide housing solutions to families in need.
WHY IT MATTERS: According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, in 2020 over 540,000 Americans were experiencing homelessness. This partnership helps combat the issue by providing homes to those who need it, along with services for families to stay in their homes.
Biomedical data is being generated and digitized at a historic rate, expecting to reach dozens of exabytes by 2025. This includes data from genomics, medical imaging, biometric signals, and electronic health records. Biomedical data can provide lifesaving insights into some of the world’s most pressing health issues. However, making use of the data remains difficult for researchers who face huge, siloed data estates, disparate tools, fragmented systems and data standards, as well as varying governance and security policies. This partnership aims to break down those barriers by coupling together Microsoft’s cloud, data, and AI technologies, and global network of more than 168,000 health and life science partners to accelerate the development of global biomedical research through the Terra platform, providing greater access and empowerment to the open-source community.
WHY IT MATTERS: This collaboration will advance the ability of data scientists, biomedical researchers, and clinicians around the world to collaborate in tackling some of the most complex and widespread diseases facing society.
The Vitamin Shoppe, an omni-channel specialty retailer of nutritional products, announced a new partnership with WW International, Inc. a global wellness company powered by the world’s leading commercial weight management program, to amplify their shared mission to empower and support people on their health and wellness journeys.
The partnership includes a variety of offerings and solutions to inspire healthy habits, such as the launch of co-branded nutritional supplements, the introduction of select member-favorite WW snacks and protein boosters to The Vitamin Shoppe, as well as the opportunity to purchase WW memberships through The Vitamin Shoppe. Both companies are founding members of the Healthy Living Coalition (HLC), an alliance of partners from the private and non profit sectors committed to action and solutions focused on improving food systems and helping close nutrition gaps that disproportionately impact underserved communities.
WHY IT MATTERS: This collaboration brings together two leaders in health and wellness at a time when people are looking for guidance as they kick-start their 2021 health and wellness goals. According to a study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of The Vitamin Shoppe and WW, while 92% of Americans agree that 2020 allowed them to improve some aspects of their health and wellness, 63% say they will need support and help to reach their 2021 goals.