2021 Year in Review
Another year is in the books, and we have spent 2021 working harder than ever to shape a "social opportunity system" that supports and propels the 100 million economically insecure people in the US while centering women of color. But despite a federal administration that knows administrative burdens are barriers to people getting help, progress continues to be too slow for far too many.
As a nation, we have yet to fully assimilate a powerful lesson from the past two years: Help in the form of government assistance matters. When it is large and direct — and not funneled through humiliating hoops of means-testing and people having to justify their vulnerability and need — you can maintain a fair amount of human activity and meet people’s needs.
That is why we are working harder than ever to present an integrated technology platform made up of our One Degree and One-X-Connection solutions to address this issue.
As we turn our attention to 2022, here's a look at what we have achieved over the past year.
We served 3.03M people in 2021 through our solutions; a 9% increase from 2020
- 2,251,965 people served via HEAplus
- 562,000 people served via our Covid Testing Site app
- 216,035 people served via One-e-App
We enrolled 2.3M people into public benefits in 2021.
What follows is a more detailed snapshot of our work, and of our efforts to create a new social opportunity system that connects 25,000,000 people to support in the next five years.
January – Alluma President/CEO Robert Phillips publishes Let Us Continue, in response to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol
"This moment commands what our organization is committed to: connecting people to the lives they dream of... [W]e must carry on the fight against poverty, misery, ill-health, and ignorance on our own."— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) January 8, 2021
From our President/CEO @RPhillipsAlluma: https://t.co/0Ib1dVdW74
January – The New York City chapter of One Degree officially launches
One Degree is officially live in NYC!— One Degree (@1Deg) January 14, 2021
Search our comprehensive directory for education and employment support resources across all 5 boroughs.
Find transfer high schools, (HSE) GED programs, job training, and much more.
Create the future you imagine: https://t.co/59dG2hZYBP pic.twitter.com/HoMstpzQvv
January – Alluma's policy team publishes Three Areas Where a Biden Administration Can Have an Immediate Impact on Inequality
These are three ways the incoming Biden administration can make an immediate impact on inequality, and provide critical government support to those who need it:https://t.co/Gu9kLZgxRO#BidenHarrisInauguration— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) January 19, 2021
February – Alluma hosts its second Zoom Discussion Forum, Breaking the Cycle of Inequity, with Anna Gorman, LA County Dept. of Health Services Director of Community Partnerships & Programs, and Marko Mijic, Deputy Secretary - CA Health and Human Services.
February – The SW New Mexico chapter of One Degree officially launches
March - Robert Phillips publishes Breaking the Cycle of Inequity: Looking at History and the Present, which digs deeper into how the government has played a key role in creating and maintaining racial inequity
Government is essential to fostering equity and making improvements in people's lives. But it plays a key role in maintaining racial inequity.— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) March 10, 2021
This is the paradox we must overcome if we want to build a safety net that works for people when they need it.https://t.co/JjBC0Xtnr8
March - Robert Phillips publishes Are We Doing Enough About the Hate You Give?, which examines America’s history of violence against Asian American & Pacific Islander women
Anti-Asian violence is firmly rooted in our country’s long history of systemic & cultural racism against people of Asian descent. And we are not doing enough to give these families the chance to live out their lives in security and happiness.https://t.co/9AzPLmEjue— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) March 25, 2021
March – Comstock’s Magazine profiles Alluma Chief of Staff Tahira Cunningham as part of their 2021 Women in Leadership issue
"Working in the nonprofit sector as a woman of color, I feel like my perspective isn’t just encouraged—it’s required & valued."— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) March 9, 2021
From @comstocksmag's in-depth profile of #WeAreAlluma Chief of Staff @ts_cunningham & female leadership in the nonprofit world:https://t.co/mMCUj6O05t
April – Alluma Chief Strategy & Impact Officer Rey Faustino reflects on the exploitative role for-profit companies play in the health care tech space with People Over Profit: Four Lessons from a Panel With For-profit Competitors
"To truly build equitable solutions that create health & well-being for our communities, we need to intentionally center our work on racial equity, not profits."@reyfaustino reflects on his experience sharing a panel with for-profit competitors.https://t.co/KqUNZVUx5r— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) April 21, 2021
April – Alluma’s Human-Centered Design team calls for Equity in User Research
If we truly want to make meaningful improvements to programs and systems, we must understand the experience of those using the services in question. And that begins by equitably valuing their insights.https://t.co/ydftpzGush— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) April 29, 2021
April – The Northwest Detroit chapter of One Degree launches
June – Robert Phillips appears before the House Rules Committee as part of Ending Hunger in America: Using Technology to Combat Hunger, a roundtable highlighting the reality of food insecurity in America and how the government must reimagine the ways they conduct day-to-day business and solve big challenges
September – Robert Phillips & Rey Faustino join discussions at the CIE Virtual Summit 2021
September – Rey Faustino joins Health Lead's web series “The Heart of Health Equity” to discuss the disproportionate effects COVID-19 has had on communities of color and what can be done to close the gaps.
The Heart of Health Equity❤️Episode 3! Host Ashlei A. Rodgers, MPH & @reyfaustino of @WeAreAlluma talk about Filipino American nurses fighting against #COVID, the importance of data democratization, & why diversity is a must in boardrooms. Watch here: https://t.co/k69nQgo0WS— Health Leads (@HealthLeadsNatl) September 14, 2021
September - Hidalgo Medical Services in Southwest New Mexico present their work with One Degree to the New Mexico state legislature
September – Tennessee releases Tennessee Reconnect, an OxC-based solution for benefit screening
October – Summit County, Colorado chapter of One Degree launches
“With so many seasonal workers and new residents in our community, it became critical to establish a ‘one-stop shop’ like One Degree.”— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) October 19, 2021
Read more about the launch of the @1Deg community resource website for Summit County, Colorado 👇https://t.co/fhUsnsiSxC
November - Executive Director, Chief Data Officer/Chief Privacy Officer Steve “Spike” Spiker explores linkages and the barriers to implementing No-Stop Government practices
Why, as a society, are we comfortable with systems that withhold help from people just because people don’t find out about their programs?— Alluma (@WeAreAlluma) November 12, 2021
Alluma Chief Data Officer @spjika on the concept of "no-stop government" 👇https://t.co/PFlQaXc69D
November – Common App wins $1,000,000 in the Google.org Impact Challenge Bay Area!
We won $1M! Thanks to you! @WeAreAlluma @1Deg was a winner of @Googleorg Bay Area Impact Challenge.— Rey Faustino (@reyfaustino) November 23, 2021
Watch my hilarious reaction in this ABC News segment. This win will help us build a future where people in need aren't falling through the cracks in a broken safety net. https://t.co/SoMzihJ42n