One of the things that makes Developing Health™ U.S. stand apart is the GE employee volunteers who accompany the GE Foundation grant. Because this program was launched in partnership with GE’s Diversity Leadership Council, GE’s Affinity Networks take a leadership role in partnering with the grantee nonprofit health centers and offering volunteer support and skills-based volunteerism to help the clinics increase access to primary care for underserved communities.
Through GE’s Asian Pacific American Forum, Women’s Network, Hispanic Forum and African American Forum, employees have helped health centers with Six Sigma projects, leadership development, financial systems, marketing and even succession planning. In each situation, the employees and the cemters design projects together, define success metrics and then fully implement their plans. Community health centers have told us repeatedly that while the grant itself is important, the partnership with GE employees on these meaningful projects goes even further than the funds and often results in more meaningful outcomes.
GE’s Developing Health™ Atlanta Works
Core Team members from GE’s Developing Health™ Atlanta initiative share their experiences of working with the program—which works to increase the level of healthcare access to members of medically underserved communities. Brian shares his story.
Making Healthcare More Accessible
Patricia Gonzalez, GE Energy, Sales, United States, participated in a 30-second GE Works TV ad focusing on the Developing Health™ program at Houston’s El Centro clinic. The ad highlights how corporations and nonprofits can come together to make a difference.
Developing Health in Ohio
Leading Developing Health™ efforts in Cincinnati, Ohio, Asif Alikhan and his team put their GE Six Sigma and marketing training to work helping local health centers increase their efficiencies and broaden their reach. When asked why GE puts the time, effort and expertise into this kind of volunteerism, his response was simple: “It’s how GE works.”