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Regional Direction
February 28th 2021

Billy Penn: Bikes, breathing, and barber shops: 5 new ideas to get Philly’s mental health back on track

Meet the finalists in the Well City Challenge Mind/Body category.   Finding balance and maintaining mental health hasn’t been easy for anyone lately, and Philly’s millennial generation already faced some of the highest rates of anxiety and depression, according to a nationwide study by the Blue... Read More
Regional Direction
February 26th 2021

Billy Penn: Women’s hiking hive, outdoor art workshops and wisdom from ‘auntie’: 5 ideas to help Philly millennials flourish

These Well City Challenge finalists use community and social connection to improve body and mental health.   For many people, one of the hardest parts of 2020 was being cut off from others. The year’s events spotlighted the crucial role community and social connection play in health and... Read More
Regional Direction
February 23rd 2021

Billy Penn: From ‘Land-Based Jawns’ to ‘Freedom Greens,’ these entrepreneurs use food to help Philly heal

Meet the five finalists in the nutrition track of the Well City Challenge incubator and pitch competition.   If it was up to you to help young adults in Philly feel better and healthier, what would you do?   The five finalists in the Economy League’s Well City Challenge social impact... Read More
December 22nd 2020

Economy League and Independence Blue Cross Announce Finalists of Well City Challenge Addressing Community Solutions to Millennial Health

PHILADELPHIA – December 21, 2020 — The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia (ELGP) and Independence Blue Cross (Independence) today announced the finalists for the Well City Challenge. The Well City Challenge is a social impact program to support innovators with new ideas for addressing and... Read More
November 9th 2020

Well City Challenge seeks innovative ideas to improve millennial health

Millennials have gained a lot of attention in recent years for the way they influence cultural and economic trends. They are expected to continue to wield that powerful influence for years to come. But there are growing concerns about the sheer number of physical and mental health challenges they... Read More
October 28th 2020

The Crisis of Millennial Health

Independence Blue Cross and The Economy League have launched an innovative approach to addressing the surprising health needs of an entire generation. The pandemic—and resulting isolation, job loss and grief—is crushing our collective mental health. According to a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield... Read More
October 22nd 2020

Billy Penn: COVID wrecking your mental health? New initiative will award $100k to pilot solutions for Philly millennials

Smoking more, drinking more alcohol and using more recreational drugs — all while mental health problems grow. That’s been the growing landscape for millennials in the Philadelphia region and across the country for several years now, according to federal data. Millennials suffer from more anxiety... Read More
October 19th 2020

Economy League and Independence Blue Cross Launch Well City Challenge to Seek Community Solutions for Addressing Millennial Health

On Oct. 26, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia (ELGP) and Independence Blue Cross (Independence) are joining forces to launch the Well City Challenge to take a deeper dive into millennials' physical and mental health challenges -- and they are looking for home-grown, community-generated... Read More
April 22nd 2020

New Economy League Study Explores Economic Impact of Pennsylvania Legal Pardons

Evaluating a decade’s worth of data, the Economy League’s in-depth study analyzes pardons and proposes policy options to increase pardons as a positive economic tool.   PHILADELPHIA (Apr. 22, 2020) – The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia released its new report, Pardons as an Economic... Read More
February 13th 2020

New Hires

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 13, 2020) – The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the region’s think-and-do tank that addresses critical issues facing the Greater Philadelphia area, has brought on four new staff members to help the organization continue to provide impactful research, connect diverse... Read More
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