Mark Arnoldy

BHSI Fellow Update: Mark Arnoldy

Applications for the 2014 Bluhm-Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship are now open and over the next month, we’ll be profiling the social innovators, civic leaders and creative thinkers who make up the ranks of BHSI alum.  And if you’re a social entrepreneur 35 years old or younger with a civic venture that is helping re-shape our society for the better, apply to be a 2014 BHSI Fellow here.

2012 BHSI Fellow’s Nyaya Health, a nonprofit healthcare company based in Nepal, recently became Possible and is reaching more and more individuals in need of medical care. Recently, CEO and Founder Arnoldy shared the integral role that the CIW community had in making Possible a reality.

Describe the work Possible does in Nepal.
Possible is a nonprofit healthcare company, currently based in Nepal, that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poorest. We build high-quality, low-cost healthcare systems that integrate government hospitals, clinics, community health workers and referral care. 

What did you gain from your experience as a BHSI Fellow?

Mark Arnoldy discusses innovations in healthcare access
with Medic Mobile’s Josh Nesbit at CIW 2012.


Through CIW, I met and partnered with photographer and Dear World founder Robert Fogarty, who traveled to Nepal to take photographs for our recently launched website.  You can read more about that story hereand it represents just one of many connections I made at CIW.

Tell us about your next steps.  What do you have planned for Possible in the coming year and how can the CIW community help?
We just re-named and launched a new website under our new name Possible. We’d love for people to visit the new site.
What advice would you give future BHSI Fellows and CIW attendees to ensure they get the most out of Ideas Week?
Show up with a lot of energy. Leave with it all expended. Spend as much time as possible in one-on-one conversations before and after talks and at events.
Q&As are edited for clarity and length.

Erin Robertson is managing editor at Chicago Ideas.

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