Based on my time at MedHealth, I have learned that non-profit work depends on the time and energy invested individuals. Constant flows of ideas and inspiration keep organizations these organizations alive. I admire how leaders like Stacey Frankovich and Paul Riser open their hearts and minds from people from all walks of life with the goal of expanding their networks and finding new pathways for innovation. The meetings I attended for MedHealth surprised me because employees, contractors, and partners came from wildly diverse backgrounds. Oftentimes, I struggled to understand the connections between these individuals. That said, Paul Riser exposed me to important concept in nonprofit work that I did not understand before: nonprofits operate at the intersection of multiple areas of social impact. To be truly successful, they must bring diverse stakeholders together.
Although the nature of nonprofit work (especially as an intern) is scattered, successful nonprofits stay true to their mission at all costs. I have learned that successful nonprofits require clear long-term strategies for engaging stakeholders in their work. MedHealth meets this challenge in two ways. Firstly, they pursue diverse funding sources. Secondly, they continuously listen and improve. They ground their approach to expanding medical innovation in the actual needs of health systems, entrepreneurs, and Michigan residents alike.